• Lars Christensen

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Grit by Angela Duckworth.


I found that doing the first few chapters, I compared the book to an audiobook, I listen to six or seven years ago, named "Talent is overrated."


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I loved Will Smith's section on page 48:"I'm not afraid to die on the treadmill. I will never be outworked. You might have more talent than me. But, if we get on the treadmill together—you will either get off first, or I will die"


I found the chapters on goals on page 61 great.

The layout of a mind-map with Top, Mid, and Low-level to rank the goals gives an excellent overview.


I ended up taking a couple of swings at this myself, and to no surprise, ended up aligned with our exercise from "Start with Why" we did a few years ago.


The section that talked about "Deliberate practice" on page 120 had me chuckle. I liked the point of Angela, the author's own experience with running. She was not keeping time, listening to music, jogging along,  instead of tracking every mile and minute.


It reminded me of my guitar playing. I know it would be better if I practice the minor pentatonic scale in all five positions. But just thinking about it makes me bored. Playing Eric Clapton's "Layla" sounds much more fun. Of course, I have been able to play that for months, so as a result, I'm not moving the needle.


The chapter on "Parenting for grit" starting on page 199 was enlightening. I made Stephanie read it, and it resulted in a good discussion about parenting.


And lastly, I liked the "Seven questions I get asked about grit" on page 279.


~My conclusion: Know what you want. Be determined to reach the goal. And set the direction. Good luck!!

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