Grit to Great

How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary
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In Grit to Great, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval tackle a topic that is close to their hearts, one that they feel is the real secret to their own success in their careers--and in the careers of so many people they know and have met. And that is the incredible power of grit, perseverance, perspiration, determination, and sheer stick-to-it-tiveness. We are all dazzled by the notion that there are some people who get ahead, who reach the corner office because they are simply gifted, or well-connected, or both. But research shows that we far overvalue talent and intellectual ability in our culture. The fact is, so many people get ahead--even the gifted ones--because they worked incredibly hard, put in the thousands of hours of practice and extra sweat equity, and made their own luck. And Linda and Robin should know--they are two girls from the Bronx who had no special advantages or privileges and rose up through their own hard work and relentless drive to succeed to the top of their highly competitive profession. 

In a book illustrated with a cornucopia of stories and the latest research on success, the authors reveal the strategies that helped them, and countless others, succeed at the highest levels in their careers and professions, and in their personal lives. They talk about the guts--the courage--necessary to take on tough challenges and not give up at the first sign of difficulty. They discuss the essential quality of resiliency. Everyone suffers setbacks in their careers and in life. The key, however, is to pick yourself up and bounce back. Drawing on the latest research in positive psychology, they discuss why optimists do better in school, work, and on the playing field--and how to reset that optimistic set point. They talk about industriousness, the notion that Malcolm Gladwell popularized with the 10,000-hour rule in his book Outliers. Creativity theorist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi believes it takes a minimum of 10 years for one's true creative potential to be realized. And the authors explore the concept of tenacity--the quality that allows us to remain focused and avoid distraction in order to get the job done--an increasingly difficult task in today's fragmented, cluttered, high-tech, connected world.

Written in the same short, concise format as The Power of Nice and leavened with the natural humor that characterizes Linda's and Robin's lives--and books--Grit to Great is destined to be the book everyone in business needs.

Praise

“You don’t need to be brilliant or incredibly talented to become hugely successful. But what you do need is to read this book. ‘Grit to Great’ teaches us all how to develop our grit quotient so almost any goal is possible.” –James Patterson, bestselling author, former CEO of J. Walter Thompson

"You need GRIT to get great and this book succinctly tells you how to do it. There’s no sugar coating: Thaler and Koval tell it like it is because they’ve used grit to achieve great success themselves.  I recommend it.” – Mark Sanborn, bestselling author of The Fred Factor

Grit to Great reminds us that every day is an opportunity to set new goals and challenge ourselves in different ways. With grit, no matter our age or whether we’ve accomplished prior goals, there are countless reasons to keep moving forward and enormous, often unforeseen rewards to be reaped in the process.” – Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association

“Today’s groundbreaking research has confirmed what our forefathers knew all along—grit, perseverance, and passion are the real secret to success. In Grit to Great, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval do a great job in delivering an important lesson to anyone who wants to succeed. A terrific book!” – Donald J. Trump

“Don’t walk, run to get your copy of Grit to Great. It’s chock full of good sense, insights and useful advice that can make just about anyone feel they can succeed.”-- Diana Aviv, President and CEO, Independent Sector

“Losing weight and staying fit are hard work.  Grit to Great helps give you the tools to make your goals a reality, and be the best you can be.”-- Florine Mark, President & Chairman of the Board of The Weight Watchers Group, Inc.

“In Grit to Great, Linda and Robin offer the insight, knowledge and life lessons that can help propel you to the next level.  Their determination to succeed has had direct tangible benefits for many iconic brands, including Aflac.  Their ‘grit’ has led to another remarkable book that lays out in straightforward fashion what it truly takes to be successful.” --Dan Amos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aflac

"Thaler and Koval have written a very valuable book.  Their insights and anecdotes on the importance of hard work, perseverance and character provide timeless lessons that will resonate with their readers - from the senior executive to the summer intern."    -- Gail McGovern, President and CEO, The American Red Cross

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