TED Talk: Grit- The Key to Success

What is the difference between those who succeed and those who fail? As a research psychologist, Angela Duckworth been investigating that question, and the answer.. for kids and for adults, isn’t ability. It’s not IQ. It’s not looks, and it’s not social intelligence. It’s grit. “Grit is running a marathon, not a sprint”- Angela Duckworth.

“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals,” she explains in the talk. “Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality.” Grit, Duckworth says, is playing the long game — and it’s much more predictive of success than talent.

In the Career Development field, practitioners see clients each day who doubt their ability to get the job they’ve been hoping for, or to get into the graduate program they’ve dreamed of. Anglea Duckworth explains the ability to learn or to succeed is not fixed, rather it can change, with your effort. Take six minutes to watch the video above- it is well worth your time!


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