Talent counts, but grit counts twice: best-selling author gives diversity lecture

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From the ReviewElie Halfacre shares her observations from a lecture by Angela Duckworth.  Ellie writes:

Over the course of her career, she has advised the White House and Fortune 500 companies on what makes a person “gritty.” Gritty people strive for completion in their endeavors, and they show resilience in the face of adversity.

Effort unleashes the power of your talent, Duckworth said. Instead of “mindlessly repeating actions without intention,” Duckworth endorses the act of putting one’s effort behind “deliberate practice.”

Duckworth examined the use of “deliberate practice” in the habits of young National Spelling Bee winners and successful West Point cadets. However, no high achiever is born with grit. Instead, people gain it over time. Today, Duckworth’s scholarship almost exclusively concentrates on building grit in children.

Her presentation outlined grit development. At the start, it is important to developing one’s interests.

“You’ll never find a paragon of grit without passion,” Duckworth said. “In choosing what to do, I always take into account whether it will benefit other people.”

High achievers believe that their lives have “lasting meaning.” Many people cultivate that purpose through trial and error, as well as further education.

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