I’m back with another round of #30Authors with my friend Allison from The Book Wheel. I joined in last year with this review of The Dark Road to Mercy. This year I’m featuring author Krystal Covington as she reviews Grit by Angela Duckworth.
First, what is #30Authors?
#30Authors is an event started by The Book Wheel that connects readers, bloggers, and authors. In it, 30 authors review their favorite recent reads on 30 blogs in 30 days. It takes place annually during the month of September and has been met with incredible support from and success in the literary community. It has also been turned into an anthology, which is currently available on Amazon and all author proceeds go to charity. Previous #30Authors contributors include Celeste Ng, Cynthia Bond, Brian Panowich, and M.O. Walsh.
Review of Grit by Angela Duckworth
It’s a rare occasion to step into a crowded elevator without spotting at least one device meant to optimize the life of the wearer. We track our steps, our heart-rate, and even the hours we spend sleeping during the night; but are these tools the true secret to personal success?
“Grit” the bestselling personal development anthem by Angela Duckworth celebrates the tried and true, “natural” strategy for finding success in life. With grit, success is much deeper than being smarter, faster, or even more talented. Success is an achievement given to those who work the hardest.
It’s an often abused cliche to hear the repeated “10,000 hour rule” popularized by Malcolm Gladwell, or the perpetual tagging of the “10x rule” by fans of Grant Cardone; but what’s special about Duckworth’s description of grit is that it offers the reader a truly attainable strategy for reaching success. This book makes being gritty feel approachable to the average person.
“To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal. To be gritty is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise eight.”
One of the major conclusions of the Grit paradigm is that perseverance is more important than skill. It’s an often held belief that those who are more naturally intelligent or highly skilled will excel faster and become greater than those who are not naturally gifted. Duckworth’s research demonstrates that those who work harder become the real victors, even when they begin at a disadvantage.
After an initial reflection on the book’s principles, the question came to mind as to how these principles might play out in alternative scenarios. Many of the subjects of Duckworth’s observations came from highly privileged backgrounds such as students attending West Point Academy and even spelling bee champions. An interesting extension of this research would be to consider those from disadvantaged backgrounds to find out if those with higher grit are more likely to overcome their life circumstances and become high-achievers.
Is a self-made millionaire more gritty than one who came from a wealthy family? This is the question that is left unanswered in the book and will hopefully merit additional consideration from Angela Duckworth and others who study the subject.
In a society obsessed with the concept of personal optimization, it’s no wonder why books such as “Grit” become bestsellers within days of hitting bookstores. We’re constantly seeking strategies to up-level, become more competent in our professions and even lengthen our lives through various actions. “Grit” is now a personal favorite because it gives us a strategy for using our technological tools to truly become stronger, better and faster. By reading this book and taking steps to become grittier, you take on a personal responsibility that requires you to own your efforts, continually pursue stretch goals, and passionately pursue greatness with vigor.
Meet Krystal Covington
Krystal is a marketing consultant, and personal branding expert. She has led the launch of multi-million dollar projects and worked directly with CEOs of small and large businesses.
Krystal is also CEO and Founder of Women of Denver, a thriving community dedicated to helping women build influence as a credible expert in their field of business, so they can gain more opportunities, make a bigger impact, and get paid what they’re worth. Her community features a unique activity-based programming model that helps women develop strong, lasting, and collaborative relationships.
As an introvert (Meyer’s Briggs INTJ) Krystal struggled to stand out in the workplace and often saw more gregarious and socially intuitive peers receive opportunities she felt she deserved. What she learned from those experiences was that although knowledge and work ethic are respected and valued, the people who reap the greatest rewards are really the ones who stand out as the most socially powerful.
As a result, she set out to learn the key strategies that make the most powerful people so magnetic to others. She studied social and evolutionary psychology, human connection, persuasion, charisma and the art of war. What she quickly learned was that becoming influential, powerful, charismatic, and successful is as simple as playing a role.
After teaching these principles in workshops locally in Colorado, she realized the incredible value of the information she had learned. She then compiled a workbook to share this knowledge with others in the “The 4 Keys to Influence.” This 32 page book includes an easy to follow recipe for building a strategy for influence in any role. It’s a perfect resource for anyone seeking a stronger career, better sales as an entrepreneur, or simply a more fruitful social life.
What do you think? Doesn’t Grit sound like a great read? Check it out here!