“In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, students, educators, athletes, and business people—both seasoned and new—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”
Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.
In Grit, she takes readers into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.
Among Grit’s most valuable insights:
*Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal
*How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances
*How lifelong interest is triggered
*How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy
*Which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high standards
*The magic of the Hard Thing Rule
Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.”
The minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, promised us that the queues would disappear between Wednesday and Thursday. Today is Sunday and the queues are still here in Abuja. Although there are reports that many petrol tankers came into the city last night.
I dey pity the man. It is not easy. We’re hopeful that we will enjoy some relief this week.
Recently, our electricity generation went completely flat. But this week, at least in Abuja, it has improved somewhat. Which is good for the suffering masses and our children, because 2016 is going to be the hottest year EVER! Already, some cities are discovering their hottest days since mankind started tracking the weather. For example, the city of Los Angeles recorded its hottest days in February 2016.
We hope the government would do the right things quickly to reduce our suffering. But don’t be too hopeful. The government sometimes appears helpless just like us – mostly because of pipeline destruction.
You see, these power plants are just big generators and they need gas to fuel them. However, if some people for whatever reason destroy the pipelines supplying gas to the stations, the generators wouldn’t be served. Then the nation depends on Jebba, Kainji and Shiroro, all hydro power stations based in Niger State. Yet, these hydro stations can only generate 2,000MW according to Fashola, the power minister.
The sad news is that the minister’s statistic seems to be inaccurate; because, although Shiroro has four units producing 150MW each to make 600MW, only two units work now. So it generates half of its capacity. The good news is that we may find some of the answers in the president’s visit to China.
PRESIDENT BUHARI IN CHINA
Some say the president has gone to China to borrow $2bn to fund our budget. But at the deficit of N2.2 trillion, we actually need $10 billion to fill the gap. However, I think the most important mission of the president is, or should be, establishing a coherent story of the several unfinished businesses we have already started with China –by PDP administrations. Such as the power projects and the rail projects.
Only today, I read Sonala Olumhense who wrote that in July 2013, President Jonathan entered into an agreement with “Power Construction Corp. of China for a $20 billion project for 20,000 megawatts of electricity capacity in Nigeria within one year.”
Three years later, not even one watt has been produced to power a light bulb. But if we can get China to construct 20,000MW for us within ONE year, that would be superb. In that case we’d only need to strengthen our transmission infrastructure here.
Remember in number two above, I implied that hydro stations are more reliable than the gas stations? Well, the president should also tell our Chinese friends to quickly finish the two hydro stations under construction in Mambilla, Taraba State and Zungeru in Niger State. Mambilla will give us 3,050 megawatts, which means it is going to be the biggest hydro station in Nigeria. Zungeru will give us 700 megawatts – to be the biggest in Niger State; the leading producer in the state now is Kainji, which generates 660 megawatts.
If the President Buhari should get these projects completed within 2016, we would be able to generate at least 8,000 megawatts.
In the meantime, I propose that the president should remove the power generator in Aso Rock until the electricity situation improves. The governors and the ministers should do the same.
If you have a generator, fueled by government’s money, you don’t really feel what we are feeling.
This is not going away any time soon. Although our compatriots who are said to be clients of that infamous law firm in Panama have all denied the reports, Nigerians will keep asking questions. I’ve just read and unconfirmed report that says EFCC has opened files against these leaders.
At the Daily Trust Dialogue on Thursday, I met one of my mentors, Malam Bala Muhammad, who said, “What happened between you and your governor, Abubakar Sani Bello?”
“Nothing sir,” I said.
“But you left as his chief press secretary,” he reminded me. “Actually, I knew someone like you couldn’t remain among politicians for long.”
I told him that many people who know me expressed the same sentiment.
During that conversation, I realized that some people think I had a problem with the governor and it was the reason why I left. But there is no problem between us. In fact, Governor Bello and I like each other for many reasons, some of which I never realized until the governor told me himself last month in Kaduna and last Monday in Abuja.
I on the other hand like him for his patriotism and his passionate designs for education. “You see,” I told Malam Bala Muhammad, “Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State is one of the most patriotic Nigerians I know, but he doesn’t have many helpers. Some of the time, he stands alone.”
For example, when we met this week on Monday, Governor Bello mentioned to me what we have been discussing about education since before the elections of 2015. “Some of our students are quite good,” he said. “Let’s select the good ones and send them to where they will receive the best education. The previous administrations didn’t do that.”
The governor and I also agreed on some things that needed to be done quickly to bring relief and satisfaction to the people of Niger State.
I also told him that I’m bringing some vice chancellors to Nigeria on account that one of his colleagues, a governor in the Northwest, is sending 200 postgraduate students abroad through me. He asked me to come to him with the vice chancellor whenever he’s around.
Finally, he told me to always remind him of the things we discussed. “I’m going to send SMS reminders,” I said.
“No, make a phone call,” the governor said and gave me a tip on how to reach him on the phone.
I shared with you the conversation between myself and the governor (although there are other things we discussed that I can’t share in public now), so that those who believe that there is a problem between us should know that it isn’t so. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello remains (it appears) committed to doing the right things for Niger State. And I remain committed to helping him achieve his dream. We’ll share ideas with him and let him know the public perception of his administration and the mistakes the government should correct.