I spoke to Angela Duckworth, the New York Times bestselling author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, about the importance of controlling your own destiny, why she decided to pursue writing her book, why you need to have a deep passion in your work to be successful, why it takes time to discover your sense of purpose, and her best advice to you.
Duckworth is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. She is also the Founder and Scientific Director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. She completed her BA in neurobiology at Harvard, her MSc in neuroscience at Oxford, and her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her TED talk on the same topic as her book has been viewed over eight million times and you can follow her on Twitter @angeladuckw.
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