Grit…Best Indicator for Success!


As I was popping into classes last week I saw a number of teachers talking to students about the importance of stamina.  I was listening to a news story shortly after that led me down a terrific rabbit hole ( via the Seahawks and a woman who had never even heard of Pete Carroll (Seahawks Head Coach).  Angela Duckworth is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania as well as a former teacher.  She has a great TED talk

that highlights her research on the importance of “Grit” in a person’s success in life.  She has found that it is the number one predictor for success in life.

Duckworth says that “Grit is having stamina….Grit is sticking with your future, day in and day out.  Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years.  Grit is living life like a marathon, not a sprint”.  Her TED talk is less than 7 minutes long and worth the view if you have a little extra time ☺.  I reflected on the “Habits of Mind” (16 habits that show you how to behave intelligently when you DON’T know the answer. It means having a disposition toward behaving intelligently when confronted with problems, the answers to which are not immediately known: dichotomies, dilemmas, enigmas and uncertainties) where Persistence is the first habit, a synonym of Grit, if you don’t have it then the rest of the habits don’t work very well.  Perhaps it is something that you could show to students and staff to help them with the most important indicator of success.


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