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9 Applicability

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Angela Duckworth is a paragon of success by any measure. A MacArthur Genius and University of Pennsylvania professor of psychology, she founded an award-winning summer school for low-income children. She created and serves as scientific director of The Character Lab, and has advised the World Bank and NBA and NFL teams. She holds a Harvard BA in neurology, an Oxford degree in neuroscience and a University of Pennsylvania PhD in psychology. In her best-selling, acclaimed first book, she explores what it means to have “grit” – the ability to persevere in the face of setbacks and disappointments, and to strive to improve even amid success.

About the Author

MacArthur Genius and University of Pennsylvania professor of psychology Angela Duckworth founded an award-winning summer school for low-income children. She created The Character Lab, and has advised the World Bank and NBA and NFL teams.

 

An Ingenious Niche

Duckworth ranges wide for her illustrative examples, from crossword puzzles in The New York Times to the relationships between talent and effort and between skill and effort. Her consultations for NBA and NFL teams prove handy as she uses, for example, the Seattle Seahawks and their coach, Pete Carroll, as examples of institutionalized grit.

This book carves out an ingenious market niche. Duckworth’s combination of winning anecdotes, how-to advice and relevant research place this work precisely amid the ranks of self-help books, “this-is-how-it-works” books and “this-is-how-what-works-applies-to-your-life” books of the Malcolm Gladwell range. The book’s strong sales reflect the intelligence of Duckworth’s niche creation, which getAbstract recommends to self-help fans who want to delve deeper than the usual material.

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