Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success

Duckworth argues that talent is not the defining indicator of success that we believe.  She breaks down significant research and long running studies into digestible chunks.  I, for one, don’t care to read pages of statistics.  I’m not a scientist.  What I want to read is what the reams of data tell us.  I don’t think that makes me silly or shallow.

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Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice

Devotion is the kind of book that makes you rethink your impression of nonfiction.  Makos crafts his incredible story in a way that builds tension and suspension. I found myself inspired and humbled throughout every single page.  The story of Tom Hudner and Jesse Brown is incredible in itself, but Makos is as good as Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit, Unbroken) at writing something that seems resonant, unbelievable, and inspiring all at the same time.