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Grit: the power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth

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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. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
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Gokul S 16BEC0801 (4 days ago)
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.
Rafael Rubio (5 days ago)
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.
Fatima Redzhepova (7 days ago)
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!!!
do g (8 days ago)
Ronah (9 days ago)
4:56 is lit
Matthew McKeough (9 days ago)
btw 3:02-3:07 is all you need
Tiro Imion (11 days ago)
So inspirational 🙄🥴
Hải Đặng (13 days ago)
sao trên ipad m lai co tiêu đề tiêng Việt nhỉ? co gi sai ko trơi
erosepb (14 days ago)
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.
Matt D’ Avella?
I learnt that my effort bring to me new knowledges. And with this new knowledges I can see this motivational Talk because I can read the subtitules in english and I am from Spain.
Misty In Wonderland (17 days ago)
This ain’t it. Growth mindset is common knowledge for developing perseverance.
LeoDahVee (17 days ago)
Don't rely solely on your motivation, why? Because it will most likely fade, and fade quickly, that's why self-discipline is essential and so is grit.
SAMBA (18 days ago)
Why she is remind me of Gina Rodriguez???
honey li (18 days ago)
One can obtain grit by being bullied, or ignored, or believing one thing called dream. One can lose grit by being observed, managed, or forced to believe what he/she doesn't believe.
Rijalda T (19 days ago)
Competition is the answer. There's no enough competitions in modern schools.
Fardin Ahsan (19 days ago)
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.
Juan Germano (19 days ago)
Came here from Scott Belsky's 'The Messy Middle'. If you are an entrepreneur, read that book.
Tasneem Shaik (19 days ago)
Matt lead me here!
Pranay Agarwal (19 days ago)
OMG! Passion is literally OVERRATED
Marcelo Pita (20 days ago)
Last TED talk of the year. Hope 2019 will be better!
Carlos (20 days ago)
Who else came from Matt's channel?
writer tofu (2 days ago)
Thomas Frank, for me
Marios Stavridis (3 days ago)
I'm actually here because I read the book she published about grits and she mentions her Ted speech !!!!
Prithvi Sihag (6 days ago)
Are y'all talking about Matt D'avella?
Stephanie Pavlova (12 days ago)
Matt is awesome 😎
don lon (14 days ago)
Sarah ung (24 days ago)
I could watch this a million times over. This is great research!!!
chakre katia (1 month ago)
I finished reading your book today. Good book.
Leesyhome이형철 (1 month ago)
So if i want success, must have GRIT?
Nurain Robilto (1 month ago)
I think she is nice.
Nurain Robilto (1 month ago)
I like her dress code. It is look polite.
basha G (1 month ago)
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
Jomar Enecio (1 month ago)
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/
Finn Bjerke (1 month ago)
Basic concepts in socialpsychology and personality psychology is totally ignored here.
Lina (1 month ago)
Some of her smartest kids weren’t doing so well.... hm. That’s a paradox!
Mezo Riccio (1 month ago)
Fight On https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksVkasUpz4o
mr tapeman (1 month ago)
that was gritty
Rees M (1 month ago)
Her look is like asian Jannifer Aniston!
Twisten Tiger (1 month ago)
Still reading her book, almost done. It's a must read, my recommendation to you all readers
王子涵 (1 month ago)
People's learning ability can be changed. If we have perseverance, we can have infinite possibilities to do things we think we can't do.
Ke Ma (1 month ago)
After watching this, I have a deep feeling that she has helped me not to find excuses for my failure but only to find ways to succeed on the road of life.
keke fan (1 month ago)
charming speaker!
Vlog Music (1 month ago)
i need pdf
gem thomas (1 month ago)
Check out https://youtu.be/egr3k0Ndtzo if you tell yourself you will never compromise your dream
Arturo Cruz (1 month ago)
Vales verga
Aldric Williams (1 month ago)
Mrs. Duckworth's book brought me here as I just read the passage about how much she had to rehearse this talk before giving it. : )
So, 2018 now. Any new research results?
Hichem Benaissa (2 months ago)
Merci à Steve Abdelkarim
John Martinez (2 months ago)
helped me fulllfill my business 2 years ago
Charles Shields (2 months ago)
This is a nice sentiment but its complete rubbish. If you want people to succeed in life start looking at the parents. . . .it's THEIR sole responsibility to raise kids with grit and they simply aren't doing it because we keep pretending that the educational system is made up of the gods and engineers of our future. . . .they aren't. All the educational system really is. . .is a place where they provide knowledge and the tools you need to learn it. . .that's it. You don't want to apply yourself? Fine. . .that's your problem. Schools are not supposed to be inspirational day-cares filled with emotion counselors who will hold your hand and baby you across the finish line.
kenneth andres (2 months ago)
My homework is "What did you learn after watching the video?" So, what did you learn? Come on and share your answer. Lol
Christina Wells (2 months ago)
My hero!! Angela - you are on the top of the list of all books that I recommend to my network! https://dawninggreatness.com/book-recommendations/
Josh Sprague (2 months ago)
My whole channel is based on the ideal of grit, I love this!!!
Matihan (2 months ago)
I wish my teachers would watch it. They're the type of teachers where I get a C and all my future is judged and predicted off that. They don't have compassion or understanding that I only can get better.
Trí Minh (2 months ago)
Chìa khoá để bền bỉ?
Nick Fleming (2 months ago)
The 8 factors that lead to persistance: (according to Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich, chapter 9, written in 1937) 1. Definiteness of purpose 2. Desire 3. Self-reliance 4. Definiteness of plans 5. Accurate knowledge 6. Co-operation 7. Will-power 8. Habit Now, his definitions of these terms might be different from your understanding of them, this was over 80 years ago after all. So if you want to find out what these terms meant to him, you'll have to read the book ;)
Nick Fleming (2 months ago)
ah... I don't know what to think about this. It's good stuff but this already has a name, willpower, and there is already a ton of research and books written on willpower.
Nick Fleming (2 months ago)
+케빈스타일 Ok, I understand what you mean. In that sense, they are different. The fact that what you just said is still the prevailing view of what "willpower" is - kind of an abstract, emotional concept - is exactly why I made this comment. Willpower is actually a very concrete, scientifically observed, measurable, characteristic of a person, kind of like your IQ. And it has been scientifically proven to be improvable! Almost nobody knows this because of the old perception of the concept of "willpower". I believe it would change the lives of millions if this perception was changed. The reason this video bugs me is that she is talking about the same concept, but calling it by a different name is dividing the attention that this concept is getting. For example, if she called it willpower, then people could maybe search google for all the other books and information on this already well-studied subject. But since she has chosen to call it "grit", people will not know to look for information on "willpower" but only for "grit", which would limit the information that they will be exposed to, and maybe even keep them from finding something that could really transform their lives. For an in-depth crash course, I always recommend to people the book "Willpower" by Baumeister and Tierney, written back in 2011
케빈스타일 (2 months ago)
Nick Fleming Willpower is a mind that you want to do something. Grit is not just about wanting to do something but doing the thing you want in the long term with a passion about it.
Nick Fleming (2 months ago)
+케빈스타일 Howso?
케빈스타일 (2 months ago)
Nick Fleming Grit is more than just willpower.
Mike Chen (2 months ago)
Feel just saved by this speech
dasitaeuhna (2 months ago)
best TED TALK ever
mawika kanlapa (2 months ago)
she inspired everyone who sat in the hall with fullness of empower speech. I really appreciated all her action and good accent also her confident to share what her direct experience.. You did the good job Bravo!!
Susana Scribner (2 months ago)
Y’all should read her book.
Appy Apoorva (2 months ago)
There’s no worsts students ok so you need to shut up @ted She is not good for this platform
I completely agree that.
Alejandro Ruiz (2 months ago)
what's up, have a good day
Bucksball (2 months ago)
What's up Alexjandro! I am doing excellent. How are you on this wonderful Friday afternoon?
Manpreet Singh (2 months ago)
I just found out what I'm studying for grad school in psych and who I'm studying it with. What an inspiration, Angela Lee Duckworth!!!!
Sebastian Wong (2 months ago)
what does this tell us ?
trufiend138 (2 months ago)
Again with TED...nothing new here. And that $2 concept she cited by a six figure Stanford professor, in lay terms it’s called “you may lose, but don’t lose the lesson”.
Ethernetispro (2 months ago)
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Ethernetispro (2 months ago)
gay lemme cream in her real quick
Daniel Vargo (2 months ago)
female Rocky!😉😊
wan pantas (2 months ago)
MOOC asigment
清沢直樹 (2 months ago)
winter forest (3 months ago)
Is grit the same as self-discipline? Would do u guys think?
Meghan Hansen (3 months ago)
so why do ela teachers say don't copy and paste
Meghan Hansen (3 months ago)
This is great but teachers copy It word for word like you said Kristina
Orfy Medrano (3 months ago)
Brice van der Post (3 months ago)
Her book is amazing!
TheCordova001 (3 months ago)
It's very interesting to hear someone talk about grit, we don't use this word too much. But I came not to completely agree with what she said, because : "Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school". So, can we consider the fact that she left her first job as a lack of grit ? She seems great as a school teacher, so it wasn't a matter of perseverance, but it was all about doing something that she loves and feels involved in and passionate about. How many people nowadays are so "persistent" in their jobs, trying so hard to surpass themselves, that they end up in burnouts and/or depression, not mentionning the sacrifice of their family and personal lives ? We don't mention enough the importance of finding something you really love to do, something that gives you cheers and excitement. Even science shows that : without enthusiasm, your mind will not grow at its full potential. How do children basically learn ? By playing. What do we mean by the word "success", anyway ? Lot of the successful men she mentioned are school or college dropouts ! Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Evan Williams. They were not motivated by studies, but they had grit in pursuing their passion. This said, we can discuss what is more important : loving what you do, or being persistent on somthing you don't like.
Sokil Kilmi (3 months ago)
2018 anyone? :D
Sokil Kilmi (3 months ago)
2018 anyone? :D
Priva C (3 months ago)
Thank you for the inspirational presentation. I really enjoyed your findings and proposal.
Dale McGill (3 months ago)
I know, you MAKE THEM WORK!
Lori Santana (3 months ago)
Have you researched the parents of those kids that are gritty?  I'd guarantee that there is a correlation.
Sakura Christine Ito (3 months ago)
Is this Rachel Chu?
Severis (3 months ago)
905 people here on school assignments
Chi Ho (3 months ago)
I failed ten times and still I refuse to giving up my goals. Because one day I believe that I will reach that goal.
Marie Curie (3 months ago)
Grit is the predictor of success.
chàng troai lười zzz (3 months ago)
she talks very well and makes sense
AnthonyPit1'sSon (3 months ago)
What connection does the speaker draw between "growth mindset" and "grit"? A. Both growth mindset and grit are necessary for students to succeed. B. Students show grit when they understand and develop a growth mindset. C. Students can see the effects of growth mindset once they've practiced grit. D. Students can't develop grit without understanding growth mindset.
Miclo Don (3 months ago)
spices house (3 months ago)
I really proud to Angela
flynn (3 months ago)
I saw this in my 4th grade class today on 9/20/18 at 8:31am
Kathleen Osborne (4 months ago)
I am against the grit test. My granddaughter were discussing the grit test. She is too young to understand the questions on the grit test.I looked at it. I do not agree with the questions. How are they going to judge themselves on goals, being diligent, rading. I do not agree with Angela!!! There is not need for grit tests and more gritty students!!!!
Grey (4 months ago)
Cause she bad at driving and gud at mafs
diabetes mellitus (4 months ago)
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Grey (4 months ago)
diabetes mellitus (4 months ago)
ya yeet
diabetes mellitus (4 months ago)
lol why u asian?
Grey (4 months ago)
at least she not a tard gaurd
Grey (4 months ago)
hitem with taht yeetz
Emily Cookies (4 months ago)
Although I do like where she is pushing us to think and the questions she asks to get people gritty, I would like to know her thoughts on when you change your mind. What happens to our grit when one thing we are passionate about has to stop another thing we are passionate about? How do we just pick up a grit that we had previously lost? I believe that sometimes someoyore gritty about will change. I believe this because like her I believe that the mind is always adapting and changing. And although failure is not an option, we are set up in a world that often shows failure as a disgrace. To get our kids gritty about things I think that we need to clean up the dark edges around failure.
Naega Carat (4 months ago)
Hi to my fellow students who came here for their blended learning activity!~
hallyucinate (4 months ago)
hello ~ !! HAHAHAHA
Kml Mgr (4 months ago)
Ur so cute n talent
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Xyn Blue (4 months ago)
You are here for schoology right?
2019 Dillon Winger (4 months ago)
same @ vance quincy
TheSamuraiHoBo (4 months ago)
So basically im going to fail in everything like I have been. I have 0 talent and I can keep myself no matter the initial zeal i had on said thing.
Alberto Ramirez (4 months ago)
history 17B brought me here

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