A thought provoking TED Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth (psychologist) about what it takes to be successful in life. So what is a good predictor for future success? Good looks, social intelligence, physical health, IQ? None of the above. As it turns out, the key attribute is grit.
What is grit? To quote Angela – “Grit is passion and perseverance for long term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in and day out, for years and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like its a marathon, not a sprint.”
So how does someone build grit? There is no definitive answer yet, but gritty people intrinsically believe that failure is not permanent, rather, a stepping stone to eventual success.