This book is clearly based off of the work of Angela Duckworth’s Grit (which I thought I had reviewed here, but now I can't find it so maybe not?), but in all honesty, I kind of didn’t feel like it added to it. There’s a fair amount of well, griping about kids don’t have grit any more because of our spoiled, immediate culture. There’s talk about fakers and humblebraggers and other folks who don’t really have grit, or those who are too stubborn to give up and end up dying on a mountain. There’s complaints about how the kids these days can’t handle competition and have to have their grades inflated, helicopter parents, yada yada. Which is certainly annoying and I guess related to the topic, but though I do agree that our instant gratification culture causes issues, part of me just wants to be all, “Leave the milllennials alone!” upon reading this. It’s very...complainy. I speak as a queen whiner and complainer myself: if I think it’s too much, then...well, it’s too much. Let’s get to the meat of solving this problem rather than talking about what causes it, eh? It’s a short book and I felt like half of it was complaining. Let’s not focus so much on what grit isn’t and go back to getting some, mmkay?
I did like her examples of her personal life, her clients’s lives, the real live stories, and what she does when working with clients. But I felt like she’d cover that for a chapter and then go back to some topic of “what isn’t grit” again. And again. She gets more concrete about activities in Part 2, thank goodness, but overall I’d just tell you to read the Duckworth book instead of getting this one. I didn’t feel like I got any new takes on this topic after reading this and I have been dragging through it off and on for quite some time.
Two and a half stars.