Do you have the GRIT it takes to thrive?

Angela Duckworth has developed a test for grit, that ubiquitous, necessary character trait that predicts future success. She moved from the classroom to the laboratory in order to study what makes people successful. Through her studies, Duckworth discovered that two main traits play a huge role- self-control and grit.

In my studies of entrepreneurs during the past year, I have heard many of the same character traits as Duckworth studies. Entrepreneurs tend to be born with extraordinary drive and commitment. I would venture to guess that they would test quite high in Duckworth’s grit test. I am looking forward to taking it to see where I fall in the continuum. Do you think you have grit? Take the test to find out!

Creative history brims with embodied examples of why the secret of genius is doggedness rather than “god”-given talent, from the case of young Mozart’s upbringing to E. B. White’s wisdom on writing to Chuck Close’s assertion about art to Tchaikovsky’s conviction about composition to Neil Gaiman’s advice to aspiring writers. But it takes a brilliant scholar of the psychology of achievement to empirically prove these creative intuitions: Math-teacher-turned-psychologist Angela Duckworth, who began her graduate studies under positive psychology godfather Martin Seligman at my alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, has done more than anyone for advancing our understanding of how self-control and grit — the relentless work ethic of sustaining your commitments toward a long-term goal — impact success. So how heartening to hear that Duckworth is the recipient of a 2013 MacArthur “genius” grant for her extraordinary endeavors, the implications of which span from education to employment to human happiness.

In this short video from the MacArthur Foundation, Duckworth traces her journey and explores the essence of her work:

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Wisdom from a MacArthur Genius: Psychologist Angela Duckworth on Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success
“Character is at least as important as intellect.”

Creative history brims with embodied examples of why the secret of genius is doggednes

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