The Grit Guide for Teens

A Workbook to Help You Build Perseverance, Self-Control, and a Growth Mindset

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When the going gets tough, it’s time to get gritty. Written by a clinical-child and school psychologist and based in the latest research, The Grit Guide for Teens will help you build perseverance, resilience, self-control, and stamina.

As a teen, setting and reaching goals is an important part of growing up. Whether you want to do well in school, face your fears, make friends, excel in sports, or master the fine arts or music—you know you need to persevere in order to succeed. You’ve probably heard the term “grit” at school or from your parents, but what does it really mean?

Made popular by Angela Duckworth in her New York Times bestseller, the term “grit,” embodies all the characteristics that help people accomplish the things they want, such as self-control, tenacity, and the ability to fail well. Using the skills outlined in this book, you’ll develop both grit and a growth mind-set–a way of thinking that focuses on improvement and hard work in order to achieve any goal you set for yourself. You’ll learn how to make grit an everyday habit, turn disappointments into opportunities, embrace challenges, manage stress, and be the very best version of you that you can be.

As a psychologist I believe that grit isn’t something you have to be born with—it can be taught and learned! This book will give teens everything they need to get gritty and to develop skills that will last a lifetime.


As a 40 year veteran educator that has worked with Angela Duckworth since she was in graduate school I am pleased to endorse The Grit Guide for Teens. It is little wonder that Dr. Baruch-Feldman has such powerful insights into providing activities for teenagers to grow their grit. From her undergraduate work with Walter Mischel, to her training in cognitive behavior therapy, she is well suited for creating usable strategies that help young people to be their best selves. Baruch-Feldman incorporates strategies such as flow charts, goal setting, sentence completion; self-reflection and writing exercises that will engage teenagers and lead them to self-discovery and growth. She also understands the twenty first century learner and incorporates activities that will engage this population. The Grit Guide for Teens is an essential tool for educators, parents, and anyone seeking to better grasp and assist young people in their path to success.

David Meketon, School Research Liaison to Duckworth Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman has synthesized a masterful workbook that will prepare young people to thrive in both good and challenging times. There are so many books written for adults on how to shape teens. Finally, here is one written for youth in a respectful, understandable, ACTIONABLE, tone that inherently recognizes young people as the experts in their own lives who will take the reigns when offered the tools to become their best selves. BRAVO.

Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., MS Ed, Author, Building Resilience in Children and Teens and Raising Kids to Thrive

How to turn knowledge into skills and skills into life? How to fund and grab the knowledge you need when you need it? In The Grit Guide for Teens, Dr. Baruch-Feldman is funneling important information about grit and how to build it to adolescents, their parents and teachers. The Why, the What and the How of Grit is the scaffold for this important story about how to build a life of passion, persistence and purpose, developing skills that will help teens (and anyone) to navigate life in all its glory- chaos, opportunity, trouble and luck! In increasingly uncertain times, building a strong inner life and a healthy psychological core will help: The Grit Guide for Teens is gold!

Gabrielle Kelly, Director, Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Caren Baruch-Feldman does an excellent job of taking the latest research on grit and turning it into an accessible, user-friendly workbook for teens—the very people who can benefit most from a boost in grit and resilience.

Donna Stokes, Executive Editor, Live Happy Magazine

Teens today more than ever need to think long-term, persevere in the face of setbacks, and grow from their mistakes – Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman’s The Grit Guide for Teens provides a road map to help teens meet the challenges of today’s competitive world. The Grit Guide for Teens has taken the latest research in the fields of cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior change, and grit and made it accessible. This skills building approach will help teens learn to grow psychologically. St. John’s University and the The Albert Ellis Institute are proud to include Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman as one of their graduates. The Grit Guide for Teens is a must have for today’s teens and the individuals who care about them.

Ray DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at St. John's University, and a Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies; and Director of Professional Education at the Albert Ellis Institute

Today’s world is filled with stress and pressure—acutely felt by many teens. Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman has written a truly remarkable book for this age group that provides teens with many re