Angela Duckworth

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Jeffrey Gettleman Character Analysis

Jeffrey Gettleman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist who worked in East Africa for many years. Duckworth first met Gettleman when they were both pursuing master’s degrees at the University of Oxford. At the time, while Gettleman didn’t yet know he wanted to be a journalist, he did know that he wanted to work in East Africa. Duckworth uses his interests as an example of how high-grit people organize their lives around specific long-term goals.

Jeffrey Gettleman Quotes in Grit

The Grit quotes below are all either spoken by Jeffrey Gettleman or refer to Jeffrey Gettleman. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Grit published in 2018.
Chapter 4: How Gritty Are You? Quotes

The common metaphor of passion as fireworks doesn’t make sense when you think of what passion means to Jeff Gettleman. Fireworks erupt in a blaze of glory but quickly fizzle, leaving just wisps of smoke and a memory of what was once spectacular. What Jeff’s journey suggests instead is passion as a compass—that thing that takes you some time to build, tinker with, and finally get right, and that then guides you on your long and winding road to where, ultimately, you want to be.

Related Characters: Angela Duckworth (speaker), Jeffrey Gettleman
Related Symbols: Compass
Page Number: 60
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Jeffrey Gettleman Character Timeline in Grit

The timeline below shows where the character Jeffrey Gettleman appears in Grit. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: How Gritty Are You?
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Jeffrey Gettleman is now a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who works in East Africa for The New York... (full context)