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I always believed in the conventional ‘Attitude is the key to success.’

Grit

Grit

by Angela Duckworth

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“Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

  1. Grit is about maintaining the same top-level goal for a very long time.
  2. GRIT has four psychological assets: (1) interest (2) practice (3) purpose (4) hope.
  3. Gritty people perform more deliberate practice and experience more flow.
  4. For paragons of grit, the long days and...

The concept of GRIT can be explained in terms of perseverance. Only perseverance will lead to high achievement. A high achiever never believes that they will ever reach their goals, they are always striving more, and are the exact opposite of complacent, constant...

“I won’t just have a job; I’ll have a calling. I’ll challenge myself every day. When I get knocked down, I’ll get back up. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I’ll strive to be the grittiest.

Society places a huge amount of emphasis on talent, a natural ability. The author questions why talent is always perceived as the hero, and that talent is the only reason we ever have good results.

The idea that high achievers have some miraculous skill is more appealing th...

“Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.”

“If we overestimate talent, we underestimate everything else.”

In reality, Duckworth recognizes that exceptional performance is most often the result of countless accumulated acts of practice. She ties the psychology of achievement up in a simple formula:

Talent x...

Grit isn’t just about working hard. It’s about staying the course and achieving mastery over a long period of time. To do this requires not just the core character, but coordination and purpose.

This coordination can be envisioned as goals in a hierarchy. Low-level ...

  1. A gritty person must have INTEREST and PASSION
  2. The second characteristic is the ability to PRACTICE. Someone with grit will dedicate themselves to practicing every day, and always striving to be better than the day before.
  3. ...

Finding this passion is in most cases a process of discovery, followed by a lengthier period of interest development, cultivation, and refinement. What separates the grittiest from the rest is their capacity to stick at interests for the long term, identifying nuances that keep them inter...

Passion for your work is a little bit of discovery, followed by a lot of development, and then a lifetime of deepening.”

We typically follow a progression starting with a relatively self-oriented interest, moving through self-disciplined practice, and finally integrating our work with some other-centered purpose.

What supports this purpose-based grit is an underlying optimism...

“I have a feeling tomorrow will be better is different from I resolve to make tomorrow better. The hope that gritty people have has nothing do with luck and everything to do with getting up again.”

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