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Grit

Grit

by Angela Duckworth

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#1: The Psychology of Achievement: Skill requires talent and effort, and Achievement requires skill and effort.

#2: Grit and Goal Structures: Have a top-level goal (or “ultimate concern”).

#3...

What Is Grit?

• Grit is the combination of passion (a deep, enduring knowledge of what you want) and perseverance (hard work and resilience). It’s about moving in a direction with consistency and e...

Why Grit Is Important?

• Effort (which is sustained by grit) is doubly important.  You must put in effort to hone your natural talents into tangible skills through practice and improvement. You must also put in effort to apply those skills to

Developing Grit:

• INTEREST: Loving what you do.

• PRACTICE: Focusing on improvement no matter what.

• PURPOSE: Believing strongly that your work matters to yourself and to others. This usually happens only after years of cu...

DEVELOPING GRIT FROM INSIDE-OUT:

• Our interests, passions and calling are not inborn; they’re cultivated over time.

• Grit paragons don’t suddenly discover their passion in a magical, fireworks-filled moment, nor do they fall crazily in love with the perfect job. Instead, they spend years ...

Discovering your Interests:

• Spend time to explore and discover your interest

• Deep interest emerges with time, and comes from a blend of age, real-life triggers, a period of interest development and support from others.

Deepening Through Practice:

(i) Break down the steps/components of deliberate practice,

(ii) Examine the difference/relationship between deliberate practice and flow (a high-performance state coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

(iii) Explain how you ...

Developing a Sense of Purpose:

• Purpose is “the intention to contribute to the well-being of others”. Both gritty and non-gritty people seek short-term pleasures, but gritty people are drastically more likely to also seek to contribute to others. They usually spend years developing their skill...

Nurturing Hope:

Hope is “the expectation that our own efforts can improve our future”. It helps us to persevere; it gives us the strength to get up each time we fall and to keep going

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What makes high achievers successful, MacArthur Fellow Duckworth writes, is grit—a “combination of passion and perseverance”—coupled with their raw talent. Talent is important, she acknowledges, but talent multiplied by grit is what builds skill, and skill multiplied by grit equals achievement....

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

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