Grit

True Grit: Can Perseverance Be Taught?

Angela Duckworth, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, discusses her research that shows that grit is a better predictor of success than IQ or self-discipline. She examines the relationship between grit and success at the United States Naval Academy and National Spelling and shares her impressive findings. Related articles Angela Duckworth on Why Grit…

Does Practice or Talent Predict Top Performance? A Recommendation of “Talent Is Overrated”

Does practice or talent predict top performance?  The answer is practice according to Geoff Colvin and his book Talent Is Overrated — What Really Separates World-class Performers from Everybody Else.   Geoff has written a great book that shows that great performance can be best explained by deliberate practice and not by talent (natural gifts).  Geoff does an…

Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals

Grit:  Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals by Angela Duckworth and Christopher Peterson report that grit, defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals — was more important in predicting success than IQ and conscientiousness.  In one of my all-time favorite charts, the authors show that grit was a better predictor of success than IQ or…

Building Resilience

Building Resilience – Harvard Business Review.  This is a great article my Martin Seligman who is called the “father of positive psychology”.  In it, he describes the phenomenon of “learned helplessness.”  In many studies, some people, when they experience a situation in which they had no control, became passive — even in a subsequent situation…