Grit Breeds Possibility

One of my favorite lines from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:

It was a classic affirmation of everything right and true and decent in the national character. It was a gross, physical salute to the fantastic possibilities of life in this country-but only for those with true grit.

Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. In a recent TED Talk, Dr. Duckworth argues that the single greatest indicator of an individual’s success is not good looks, brilliance, or physical health. It is grit. So what is grit?

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.

How can we develop true grit? Dr. Duckworth encourages us to develop a “growth mindset“:

The ability to learn is not fixed. It can grow with your effort…

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