The Value of Grit

I have seen people leave my productivity seminars inspired to take action on the principles they just learned.  They charge through and succeed in clearing out most of their backlog.  However, at some point the old habits kick in and soon they are back to their pre-workshop situation.  They wonder what they can do to get back on track and learn how to apply the principles in a more focused manner.  The answer may lie in their improving their Grit.

gritAngela Duckworth, PhD, has made the topic of grit her life’s work.  According to the dust jacket of her book called Grit, “In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, students, educators, athletes, and business people – both seasoned and new – that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls ‘grit’.”

One of her conclusions is that success is not dependent on being a genius or having a natural talent.  Instead she found that purposeful effort has a multiplying effect that makes a dramatic difference in our success.  If you want to learn how she came to this conclusion and discover the other secrets of grit, don’t hesitate to get a copy of her book.


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