From WNYC —
“Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it’s that je ne sais quoi that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback.
“This quality of being able to sustain your passions, and also work really hard at them, over really disappointingly long periods of time, that’s grit,” says Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania who coined the term “grit” — and won a MacArthur “genius grant” for it.
“It’s a very, I think, American idea in some ways — really pursuing something against all odds,” she says.
Duckworth says her research shows grit is actually a better predictor of success than IQ or other measures when it comes to achievements as varied as graduating from West Point or winning the National Spelling Bee.”
Read the full story at Morning Edition: Does Teaching Kids To Get ‘Gritty’ Help Them Get Ahead?
- Angela Duckworth on Why Grit Matters More than IQ (farnamstreetblog.com)
- Getting Gritty About Grit (cannonadmission.wordpress.com)
- To Be Successful, Grit Is A Most Valuable Asset (fastcompany.com)
- Grit: What Is It and Do You Have It? (psychologytoday.com)
- Can “grit” be taught in the classroom? (smartbrief.com)