Grit - The Key To Success

Posted on June 7th, 2014

What is grit?

  • Passion and perseverance for very long-term goals.

  • Having stamina.

  • 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.

  • Living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Research Findings

Grittier kids were significantly more likely to graduate, even when I matched them on every characteristic I could measure, things like family income, standardized achievement test scores, even how safe kids felt when they were at school.

It matters in school, especially for kids at risk for dropping out. To me, the most shocking thing about grit is how little we know, how little science knows, about building it.

Talent doesn’t make you gritty.

There are many talented individuals who simply do not follow through on their commitments.

Grit is usually unrelated or even inversely related to measures of talent.

Growth Mindset

Idea developed at Stanford University by Carol Dweck.

Belief that the ability to learn is not fixed, that it can change with your effort.

When kids read and learn about the brain and how it changes and grows in response to challenge, they’re much more likely to persevere when they fail, because they don’t believe that failure is a permanent condition.

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