Who succeeds in life and what lessons can we learn from them? Psychologist, professor, and MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth reviews her research on grit, the tendency to pursue long-term goals with perseverance and passion. Angela shows how grit and talent are entirely different, and she explains why grit predicts achievement in challenging situations, including the National Spelling Bee, West Point Military Academy, urban teaching, and sales. She reveals the beliefs, strategies, and habits that make gritty individuals so special. Finally, she provides specific recommendations about how to cultivate grit in yourself and in others.