Here is the full transcript of psychologist and author Angela Duckworth’s fireside talk on Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance @ Talks at Google conference. This event occurred on May 6, 2016.
Moderator: Ben Fried
BEN FRIED: We’re here today to talk to Angela Duckworth, whose book, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”– today is the official publication day, right?
ANGELA DUCKWORTH: Today is the official publication day.
BEN FRIED: Congratulations.
ANGELA DUCKWORTH: Thank you.
BEN FRIED: And incredibly gracious of her to fit time in at Google with a really, really busy publicity tour, which I was getting exhausted just hearing about it a few minutes ago. So for those of you who aren’t familiar with Angela Duckworth’s work, I’ll try to briefly read a biography.
Angela Duckworth is professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.
In 2013, Angela was named a MacArthur Fellow in recognition of her research on grit, self-control, and other non-IQ competencies that predict success in life. It’s a very impressive resume. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a summer school for low income children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study. She’s been a McKinsey management consultant, a math and science teacher in the public schools of New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. She has degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and the University of Pennsylvania in neuroscience and in psychology.