Grit – The Power Of Passion And Perseverance

After leaving a demanding job in management consulting for a more challenging job in teaching, Angela Duckworth makes inspiring conclusions from her teaching experiences and her student performances.

She believes that neither IQ, good looks, intelligence nor talent contributed to her student’s success and these were not the distinguishing factors either between her best and worst pupils.

What she perceived from their performances was that each one of her students was capable of learning materials through hard work and motivation.

This led her to conclude that an element of GRIT is a key factor in making students successful in their academic careers.

What is GRIT?

An important question posed by Duckworth is what do people expect from education?

From her teaching experience, she came to an affirming conclusion that education can be best perceived if one understands learning and grasps the essence from a motivational and psychological standpoint.

What got Angela Duckworth thinking was what if doing well in school or in life depended on much more than one’s ability to learn quickly and easily?

Keeping IQ and ability to learn aside- what else could contribute towards bringing the best out in a person?

The answer lies in having enough inertia and GRIT.

So What is GRIT?

Grit is true passion, commitment and determination towards one’s long term goals.

It is all about having enough energy and stamina to stay dedicated to your goals day in day out.

It’s not about sticking to your objectives for a day, or a week or maybe even a month or an year- it goes beyond that.

It is about working towards realizing your future vision with an insatiable hunger and making it a reality!

Having grit is a discipline which calls for living life like it’s a marathon and not merely a sprint.

Despite setbacks to have a positive approach and a strong desire to continuously improve and succeed describes the real essence of grit.

How can GRIT be developed?

A common misconception is linking grit with intelligence and talent.

Research studies by Angela Duckworth clearly debunk this myth and show that grit is usually unrelated or maybe even inversely related to measures of talent.

Think of a highly talented individual who does not stay committed to his or her goals!

Rightfully so- grit can be developed, but how?

The central idea is to inculcate a ‘growth mindset’.

Developed by Carol Dweck of Stanford University, ‘growth mindset’ is the belief that an ability to learn is not ‘fixed’ and can change with effort.

From the studies conducted by Dr. Dweck- she observed that when kids read and learn about the brain and how it responds to a challenge, they are more likely to persevere when they fail, because they don’t believe that failure is a permanent condition.

We need to develop an ability to accept failures and cultivate an inertia to start off again- with the same zeal, enthusiasm and passion.

Passion

Choose something that you are truly passionate about, something that lights up your spirits and gives you a boost of energy strong enough to push you to test your limits.

With passion comes the motivation to succeed.

Perseverance

It’s all about being determined enough to make your vision a reality.

It’s like a higher calling for a greater purpose hence, one must invest enough effort and hard work.

With perseverance your metal gets tested, do you want it enough?

Are you willing to give your blood and sweat to it?

Purpose

Why are you pursuing what you are pursing?

What is your reason behind it?

Having this clarity of thoughts will align you to your strategy.

To know WHY you are doing WHAT you are doing. Even before you start taking an action, you must know the purpose of your goals.

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Surround yourself with people who constantly push and motivate you to become a better version of yourself.

Those who inspire you to challenge yourself every day!

Numerous studies have shown that getting continuous reinforcement from a dependable, trustworthy social circle can motivate an individual to work hard and perform better.

Practice

You need to Practice, Practice and Practice!

Remember what matters is how committed you stay to your goal despite experiencing failures or few bumps along the road.

You must find the strength to get up again and continue the momentum you built.

It will not come easy- but like they say ‘Great things come to those who are willing to put enough time and effort’!

Thus Duckworth’s book serves as a comforting arm to those individuals who belief that success is guaranteed to those who high IQ levels and intelligence.

Such a belief is set by the society itself and Duckworth’s book challenges such an existing idea that undermines the fact that efforts and determinations followed by passion are important factors for helping individuals to lead a successful well accomplished life.

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Grit – The Power Of Passion And Perseverance

After leaving a demanding job in management consulting for a more challenging job in teaching, Angela Duckworth makes inspiring conclusions from her teaching experiences and her student performances.

She believes that neither IQ, good looks, intelligence nor talent contributed to her student’s success and these were not the distinguishing factors either between her best and worst pupils.

What she perceived from their performances was that each one of her students was capable of learning materials through hard work and motivation.

This led her to conclude that an element of GRIT is a key factor in making students successful in their academic careers.

What is GRIT?

An important question posed by Duckworth is what do people expect from education?

From her teaching experience, she came to an affirming conclusion that education can be best perceived if one understands learning and grasps the essence from a motivational and psychological standpoint.

What got Angela Duckworth thinking was what if doing well in school or in life depended on much more than one’s ability to learn quickly and easily?

Keeping IQ and ability to learn aside- what else could contribute towards bringing the best out in a person?

The answer lies in having enough inertia and GRIT.

So What is GRIT?

Grit is true passion, commitment and determination towards one’s long term goals.

It is all about having enough energy and stamina to stay dedicated to your goals day in day out.

It’s not about sticking to your objectives for a day, or a week or maybe even a month or an year- it goes beyond that.

It is about working towards realizing your future vision with an insatiable hunger and making it a reality!

Having grit is a discipline which calls for living life like it’s a marathon and not merely a sprint.

Despite setbacks to have a positive approach and a strong desire to continuously improve and succeed describes the real essence of grit.

How can GRIT be developed?

A common misconception is linking grit with intelligence and talent.

Research studies by Angela Duckworth clearly debunk this myth and show that grit is usually unrelated or maybe even inversely related to measures of talent.

Think of a highly talented individual who does not stay committed to his or her goals!

Rightfully so- grit can be developed, but how?

The central idea is to inculcate a ‘growth mindset’.

Developed by Carol Dweck of Stanford University, ‘growth mindset’ is the belief that an ability to learn is not ‘fixed’ and can change with effort.

From the studies conducted by Dr. Dweck- she observed that when kids read and learn about the brain and how it responds to a challenge, they are more likely to persevere when they fail, because they don’t believe that failure is a permanent condition.

We need to develop an ability to accept failures and cultivate an inertia to start off again- with the same zeal, enthusiasm and passion.

Passion

Choose something that you are truly passionate about, something that lights up your spirits and gives you a boost of energy strong enough to push you to test your limits.

With passion comes the motivation to succeed.

Perseverance

It’s all about being determined enough to make your vision a reality.

It’s like a higher calling for a greater purpose hence, one must invest enough effort and hard work.

With perseverance your metal gets tested, do you want it enough?

Are you willing to give your blood and sweat to it?

Purpose

Why are you pursuing what you are pursing?

What is your reason behind it?

Having this clarity of thoughts will align you to your strategy.

To know WHY you are doing WHAT you are doing. Even before you start taking an action, you must know the purpose of your goals.

Prop

Surround yourself with people who constantly push and motivate you to become a better version of yourself.

Those who inspire you to challenge yourself every day!

Numerous studies have shown that getting continuous reinforcement from a dependable, trustworthy social circle can motivate an individual to work hard and perform better.

Practice

You need to Practice, Practice and Practice!

Remember what matters is how committed you stay to your goal despite experiencing failures or few bumps along the road.

You must find the strength to get up again and continue the momentum you built.

It will not come easy- but like they say ‘Great things come to those who are willing to put enough time and effort’!

Thus Duckworth’s book serves as a comforting arm to those individuals who belief that success is guaranteed to those who high IQ levels and intelligence.

Such a belief is set by the society itself and Duckworth’s book challenges such an existing idea that undermines the fact that efforts and determinations followed by passion are important factors for helping individuals to lead a successful well accomplished life.

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