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The Enchanted Loom reviews Caroline Adams Miller's book, Getting Grit


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Caroline Adams Miller grew up in the Positive Psychology movement. In the process she has become an expert in the science of goal setting and grit.

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The Enchanted Loom reviews Caroline Adams Miller's book, Getting Grit

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  2. 2. Teasing 10 threads from Caroline Adams Miller’s …
  3. 3. Thread 1: People looking to get more grit have a dream to go beyond their normal boundaries and do something that is significant and fulfilling, some- thing they will regret not pur- suing if they never make the attempt. (pg. 45)
  4. 4. Thread 2: I like to ask people what they wake up for in the morning, or as the Japanese call it, ikigai, which rough translates as “that which I wake up for.” (pg. 47)
  5. 5. Thread 3: For people who set the bar high, grit is an essential character strength, and when some- one doesn’t have it, I tell them they’ll need to do things they have never done, like say no to temptation and yes to constructive feedback. (pg. 49)
  6. 6. Thread 4: People who succeed at long term goals never succeed alone. They build and nurture relationships around them that provide support, advice and accountability. (pg. 49`)
  7. 7. Thread 5: A person living a flourishing life engages in a number of different activities and strengths : P – Positive Emotions E – Engagement R – Relationships M – Meaning A – Achievements (pg. 108)
  8. 8. Thread 6: Faux Grit is a quality seen among those who pretend to themselves or others that they have achieved difficult things, but who have taken short- cuts or faked those accomplishments to obtain admiration. (pg. 78)
  9. 9. Thread 7: Stubborn Grit is the obstinate pursuit of long- term goals that present more negatives than positives because circumstances have changed. A telltale sign of stubborn grit is hubris. (pg. 85)
  10. 10. Thread 8: Selfie Grit is unique. It is the relentless glorifi- cation of one’s pursuit of difficult goals, including triumph over challenging obstacles, real or imagined. Selfie Grit reeks of narcissism. (pg. 86)
  11. 11. Thread 9: We don’t become happy after we succeed at something, but rather we succeed because we are happy first. (pg. 107)
  12. 12. Thread 10: Non-cognitive skills like grit and self-regulation are at least as important, if not more so, than any knowledge that workers bring to the workplace. The IQ of the 21st century is the ability to focus. (pg. 136)
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