Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
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I really like this talk except for one little thing; grit doesn't exist, at least not as a measurable phenomena. She didn't discover anything new. She discovered conscientiousness, which is already a well documented trait. A test measuring "grit" is measuring an aspect of conscientiousness. So while her point isn't wrong (conscientiousness is one of the biggest factors determining success), her idea is.
I really enjoyed this Ted Talk from Angela. She mentions that grit is living life like is a marathon not a sprint. Sometimes in life we don't finish first, however, life goes on and we must continue. Continue to be persevere after failing, learn from our mistakes, we are human and we will make mistakes. The most important thing is to continue pushing and work hard to accomplish our goals.
I don't think this woman understands IQ. IQ has more to do with manipulating and understanding complexity. It's not really about your ability to lear and memorize knowledge. Although learning can be part of it, it's more about how you can apply the knowledge in complex scenarios.
Coming here after reading the book. I nearly failed my first semester of college and went on the hunt for material that would help me change my attitude. I can really say that Grit has been creeping into my life in very positive ways. and this new mindset is definitely helping me change my behavior. Now, when I feel like skipping class or shirking some homework, I ask myself: "Is this conducive to getting what I ACTUALLY care about? Will it help me reach my long term goals?" The answer is almost always to just put my nose to the grindstone and do work. And when you see it as a challenge that is going to help you reach your goals rather than an obstacle waiting to knock you down, your motivations entirely change.
For anyone who's been depressed for a long time and is feeling generally hopeless about life, I would HIGHLY recommend reading this book. The ideas Angela Duckworth presents will help you improve your quality of life so much.
This sounds very nice, saying that all can succeed if you “try hard enough”. If you look at ALL the examples she gives on the fields they analyzed and then describes as “very different environments”, they’re all the same really, they’re all things that without ‘studying’ any behaviors anyone could have told you they are things that you need to persevere to succeed. What?! Those who didn’t quit didn’t drop out of a military academy?!? And only those who didn’t stop trying to teach the kids in bad neighborhoods taught the kids in bad neighborhoods?! Who could have possibly seen that coming?! What I’m trying to say is that she looked at people could stand up and concluded that they did so because they had legs. It’s basically the same thing. Like if I looked at a running competition and determined that those who have feet do better than those who don’t. Instead of focusing on why, she’s focusing on a very useless what. Her grant money could be better spent studying WHY some people are more driven towards a specific goals than others i.e. why some have ‘grit’ and others don’t toward that SPECIFIC goal (because I doubt the kid in West Point would have that same ‘grit’ if put in the teacher’s place and viceversa) Let me direct you towards Jordan Peterson to ask about how IQ is much more relevant on answering these
As an understudy, I feel incredibly motivated by this discourse. Indeed, grit does not just equivalent diligent work. Grit is substantially more than diligent work. I imagine it as a definitive extraordinary variant of diligent work, extra to other fundamental characteristics, for example, persistence, energy, versatility, key reasoning etc..I don't trust grit can be educated to kids, in any event not just by the capacity of guardians. Exertion, determination and 'development mentality' are characteristics that can't be educated. There are numerous other unforeseen components, for example, social conditions, that can influence the manner in which such characteristics are built.Moreover, this thought of grit and achievement is just relevant to a general public of equivalent rights and openings. Shockingly, the individuals who are conceived in poor territories of Africa for instance, they would not have the chance to exercise such characteristics regardless of whether they had them.Last yet not least, achievement is a relative idea. On the off chance that one's origination of accomplishment is estimated by pay and riches for instance, at that point the individual in question may never be successful.All on the whole, this introduction has enabled me to ponder my very own learning and mindset as an understudy, and it has been extremely motivational.
This video has been kindly recommended to me, with the intention of motivating me. I am a student that has never found any academic difficulty until now. I'm about to graduate from high school and I'm barely making it. I don't have any motivation, I can't feel any pressure and indiscipline and distractions keep me out from studying. I've tried lots of different things to improve. I couldn't and it's frustrating.
I quit my full time job to pursue my dream of becoming a real estate agent. I’ve been licensed for 6 months and still cannot find clients. Keep in mind, my background is in sales, yet I wasn’t able to close a single deal. I’m looking for motivation and willingness to pursue my dream, however, I ran out of money and have $0 income... is it really worth pursuing your dream when it’s about to make one homeless? I started listening to Ted talks, in hopes of improving my mental state, but nothing works. Help!!!
I think the idea of "grit" can distract from the crucial question of whether the work we are giving children in school is important, interesting and meaningful to them. I think healthy, intelligent people should not mindlessly push on with whatever boring task they are assigned by someone more powerful than them. When people are curious and passionate, their "grit" is intrinsically motivated and doesn't need to be enforced.
This video is kinda misleading in its claims that she discovered something new and that IQ has no positive correlation with success.
She didn't really discover anything new at all, what she has been talking about has been known in the psychological community for quite a while.
"Grit" is also known as trait conscientiousness in the 5 factor personality scale, and that is positively correlated with general success in all fields. In fact one of the greatest predictors of life success is high trait conscientious paired with relatively high IQ.
Carlos Romario Matos I did understand what she said. In her examples, she is making assumptions about what is successful and what isn’t, she’s telling us the end result (successful/not successful) according to her own parameters. We never get to know the details behind each story that she mentions.
Also, her discovery of grit is just very basic common sense. It’s the old “success is 99% perspiration”, “no pain no gain”, “Just Do It”. Everybody knows.
Expect that’s not the whole truth. Most successful stories needed a good amount of luck to make it happen, at the very least. But she edits everything out to make it look like life is that simple, it’s all about this one little thing.
Where’s her data about people who were “gritty” and never were “successful” (in her own terms)?
What about the countless startups that simply fail every single day despite their employees working their lives away?
Matt makes a youtube channel. Do you know how many people have tried very hard to do that and will never ever be as successful as him? Certainly many more people than the ones who are successful. By a huge difference. Her statistics doesn’t even make sense.
This is just lame and irresponsible
I have SO much grit. I even won the True Grit award upon hs graduation. But I don’t have success. Got my BS but couldn’t do more school to be a doctor bcz I just hate school n had to stop after 8 yrs of it. Just took me too long n didn’t even make it into grad school yet. Just so exhausted n hated my life. Worked super hard n for so long...but I don’t have much to show for it. I don’t get it! I even wrote a book that took me 4 yrs n got 194 rejection letters. Can’t seem to do my art or martial arts either. Exhausted n the harder I worked, the more unhealthy I became. Feel fucking defeated. Explain that
This is a really great video because I learn how important grit is to be successful. This video is as helpful as this article I found https://wearevirtualkings.com/2018/12/02/guts-resilience-initiative-tenacity-grit-vs-intelligence-quotient-iq/
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