Grit is what we all need in order to thrive and survive in the workplace today. How much have you got? Its characteristics include resilience, and how you bounce back from a fall. Courage is another one, and this is like a muscle, it needs to be exercised in order to work - in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, "do something that scares you every day". This TED talk is really worth listening to in its entirety of 6 minutes, and perhaps my favourite quote from Angela Lee Duckworth is “Grit is about running your life as a marathon, and not as a sprint”. It's the essence of what I aim to empower and enable my students to acquire and go to market with, in order to be the best that they can be.
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.