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How To Build “Grit” & A Future Built On Dreams

There is currently a big gap in our education defined mostly by our high dropout rates.  To improve our education and decrease our dropout rates, we must have a better understanding of “Grit,” diligence in pursuing far-off goals.  Grit is by far the best predictor of success in school and other endeavors. 

“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina.”

There are countless of intelligent and talented people who has not attained their full potential. Intelligence or talent doesn’t make people gritty. In fact, some of the most gifted individuals lack the characteristics of a person with “grit,” commitment and drive.

“The most shocking thing about grit is how little we know, how little science knows, about building it.”

To this day, experts know very little about how to develop or foster grit. If we want to improve our education, this socially important topic deserves further study.

“We need to take our best ideas, our strongest intuitions, and we need to test them. We need to measure whether we’ve been successful, and we have to be willing to fail, to be wrong, to start over again with lessons learned.”

The “growth mind-set” concept states that learning ability is fluid, not fixed, and can improve with effort.  It is this idea that may provide clues in building “Grit” and a future built on dreams. 



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Angela Lee Duckworth
Psychology Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.


In her late 20s, Angela Lee Duckworth left a demanding job as a management consultant at McKinsey to teach math in public schools in San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York.

After five years of teaching seventh graders, she went back to grad school to complete her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is now an assistant professor in the psychology department. Her research subjects include students, West Point cadets, and corporate salespeople, all of whom she studies to determine how "grit" is a better indicator of success than factors such as IQ or family income.

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