A Four-letter Word That is Key to Success

Angela Duckworth has some good news and some bad news for you. The bad news? Being talented isn’t enough to achieve success. The good news? You can develop the grit necessary to commit to and excel in something you’re passionate about. “Grit is important because life can be hard,” said Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the recently published book, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.” By grit, Duckworth means channeling passion and perseverance to achieve long-term goals. “My data support the fairly common sense intuition that your talent for something is one thing and quantity and quality of effort is something different,” Duckworth said. While talent is great to have, it does not guarantee being able to stick it out for the long term. Often, people overlook the importance of effort, she said.

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