Grit: Your Secret Success Strategy

October 8, 2014 8:35 PM

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Tell me about a long-term goal you're currently working on. Maybe you've started a business and you're in the process of growing it. Maybe you want to lose 20 pounds. Maybe you're climbing the corporate ladder. Maybe you want to keep your relationship strong for years to come. Succeeding at that goal is going to involve a lot of hard work and maybe some smarts, but it's also going to involve grit. Grit is having both the passion and the perseverance to achieve a goal, and grit often predicts who achieves the highest levels of success in school and at work.

Gritty students outperformed their less gritty peers, and grit scores are associated with higher GPA's (Duckworth et al., 2007). In one study, grit was a more accurate predictor of whether an incoming cadet would finish his or her first summer of basic training at West Point; more so, in fact, than ...

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