Richard Corcoran wants you to read ‘Grit’

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The concept of “grit” has become increasingly popular of late, aided and abetted by the release of a book (“GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance) by MacArthur Genius Fellow Angela Duckworth.

Duckworth, a former consultant who took a job teaching public school in New York City, learned that IQ was not the sole predictor of success for students.

Rather, “grit” — or perseverance — is an essential factor.

There has already been pushback on the importance of grit, as covered on NPR earlier this year.

House Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran is not a grit skeptic. Indeed, the Pasco County Republican endorsed the book recently in a note on speaker-designate letterhead to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, which accompanied a copy of Duckworth’s book.

Corcoran, after telling Curry that “it was great to spend time with [him] at Mr. [Gary] Chartrand‘s a few weeks ago,” said he thought Curry would find this “new bestseller” to be “fascinating.”

Interestingly, given the Chartrand context, the New York Times review of the book notes Duckworth has worked with the founders of the KIPP School Network … a charter-school consortium of which Chartrand is a national partner and the local board chairman.

For his part, Curry would seem to be a receptive audience to this book. His victory in the 2015 mayoral campaign was credited, in no small part, to his gritty work ethic and willingness to plan long term.

Whether Curry will have much spare time to read between now and the pension-tax referendum Aug. 30 is an open question; however, he now has at least one unread book at this disposal.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]

One comment

  • John S Winkler

    June 6, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Lenny Curry would also do well to read (and respond) to the questions at if he wants to persevere on the pension sales tax – passion absent persuasion will not do it!

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