Summary of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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In this pithy TED Talk, management consultant turned schoolteacher turned psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth explores the value of diligence. She asks, “What if doing well in school and in life depends on much more than your ability to learn quickly and easily?” Indeed, “grit,” and not IQ or talent, is the best predictor of success, says Duckworth. Science offers few ideas for how to develop or foster this quality, so she makes a compelling case for further research. Whatever your personal or professional goals, grit will propel you toward, and across, the finish line, so getAbstract recommends devoting a few minutes of your time to this essential lesson on staying power.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why “grit” is the best predictor of success,
  • What psychologists know about grit and
  • What remains to be discovered.

About the Speaker

Formerly a seventh-grade teacher, Angela Lee Duckworth is an assistant professor in the psychology department at the University of Pennsylvania.



Educators often rely on IQ to predict success among students, but what if that’s the wrong metric? Seventh-grade math teacher Angela Lee Duckworth observed that her high achievers did not always have stellar

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    Ashish Agarwal 10 months ago
    A simple review of the dictionary meaning of "Grit" may be enough to highlight the breadth of talents this small word implies, and hence the limited focus of this talk/ summary. Similarly "fail" could mean different things to different people and cannot in itself be a goal.
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    Chong Park 10 months ago
    I like the idea of willing to fail as it is so opposite to what our societies show us when we are grown up. Encouraging our kids to fail and learn from it seems to me an authentic way of natural grit growing. Thanks.
    #getbacktoschool #getbacktowork
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    Dorothee Waldeck 10 months ago
    very interesting to read.
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    Subodh Vaidya 10 months ago
    Interesting read .... This remind me of the concept "Competency"? - passion and perseverance sounds like behavioral traits.
    #getbacktoschool #getbacktowork
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    Zheng Hu 3 years ago
    This lady and her research are mentioned in Martin Seligman's book Authentic Happiness.
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    Sarah Hofer 3 years ago
    The true predictor of success is not IQ, but grit. - This is so true! Having grit helps us to learn from failure and stay motivated.
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    Shalini Anmol 5 years ago
    Thanking you to forward the summary.
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