What We Are Reading Today: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Updated 02 September 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

TITLE: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

AUTHOR: Angela Duckworth

 

In this book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called grit.

Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.

“Actually, I would recommend it to anyone who is working toward a big goal, especially if they’ve experienced some setbacks,” a reviewer commented on goodreads.com.

Judith Shulevitz, reviewing the book for the New York Times, said: “Duckworth is a scholar you have to take seriously. She has been featured in two best-selling books (How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough, and The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg), consulted by the White House and awarded the MacArthur “genius” fellowship for her work on this obviously desirable trait.”

Shulevitz added: “You can’t blame Duckworth for how people apply her ideas, but she’s not shy about reducing them to nostrums that may trickle down in problematic ways.”


Will Smith to make birthday bungee jump near Grand Canyon

Updated 25 September 2018
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Will Smith to make birthday bungee jump near Grand Canyon

  • The actor will mark his milestone birthday Tuesday by bungee jumping from a helicopter in northern Arizona
  • The stunt is being billed as a leap “in the heart of the Grand Canyon”

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Arizona: Will Smith is diving head first into turning 50.
The actor will mark his milestone birthday Tuesday by bungee jumping from a helicopter in northern Arizona.
It will be livestreamed on his YouTube channel .
The stunt is being billed as a leap “in the heart of the Grand Canyon.”
However, the “Fresh Prince” will not jump at Grand Canyon National Park but over a smaller gorge on the Navajo Nation.
The tribe’s reservation borders the east rim of the national park.
In a YouTube video posted earlier this month, Smith recalled visiting the Grand Canyon as a child but being terrified to walk up to the edge.
The event also raised money for charity with an online lottery for a chance to watch the jump in person.