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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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Charles Shields (3 days 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 (4 days 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 (4 days 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 (5 days ago)
My whole channel is based on the ideal of grit, I love this!!!
Matihan (5 days 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 (8 days ago)
Chìa khoá để bền bỉ?
Nick Fleming (9 days 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 (13 days 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 (10 days 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 (12 days 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 (12 days ago)
+케빈스타일 Howso?
케빈스타일 (12 days ago)
Nick Fleming Grit is more than just willpower.
陈立红 (15 days ago)
Feel just saved by this speech
배고파 (15 days ago)
best TED TALK ever
mawika kanlapa (16 days 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 (18 days ago)
Y’all should read her book.
Appy Apoorva (20 days ago)
There’s no worsts students ok so you need to shut up @ted She is not good for this platform
e promd (21 days ago)
I completely agree that.
Alejandro Ruiz (23 days ago)
what's up, have a good day
Bucksball (23 days ago)
What's up Alexjandro! I am doing excellent. How are you on this wonderful Friday afternoon?
Manpreet Singh (24 days 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 (25 days ago)
what does this tell us ?
trufiend138 (26 days 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 (26 days ago)
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Ethernetispro (26 days ago)
gay lemme cream in her real quick
Daniel Vargo (28 days ago)
female Rocky!😉😊
wan pantas (28 days ago)
MOOC asigment
清沢直樹 (28 days ago)
winter forest (1 month ago)
Is grit the same as self-discipline? Would do u guys think?
Meghan Hansen (1 month ago)
so why do ela teachers say don't copy and paste
Meghan Hansen (1 month ago)
This is great but teachers copy It word for word like you said Kristina
Orfy Medrano (1 month ago)
Brice van der Post (1 month ago)
Her book is amazing!
TheCordova001 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
2018 anyone? :D
Sokil Kilmi (1 month ago)
2018 anyone? :D
Priva C (1 month ago)
Thank you for the inspirational presentation. I really enjoyed your findings and proposal.
Dale McGill (1 month ago)
I know, you MAKE THEM WORK!
Lori Santana (1 month ago)
Have you researched the parents of those kids that are gritty?  I'd guarantee that there is a correlation.
Sakura Christine Ito (1 month ago)
Is this Rachel Chu?
Severis (1 month ago)
905 people here on school assignments
Chi Ho (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Grit is the predictor of success.
she talks very well and makes sense
AnthonyPit1'sSon (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
spices house (1 month ago)
I really proud to Angela
spooky (1 month ago)
I saw this in my 4th grade class today on 9/20/18 at 8:31am
Kathleen Osborne (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Cause she bad at driving and gud at mafs
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Grey (1 month ago)
diabetes mellitus (1 month ago)
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diabetes mellitus (1 month ago)
lol why u asian?
Grey (1 month ago)
at least she not a tard gaurd
Grey (1 month ago)
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Emily Cookies (2 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 (2 months ago)
Hi to my fellow students who came here for their blended learning activity!~
hallyucinate (2 months ago)
hello ~ !! HAHAHAHA
Kml Mgr (2 months ago)
Ur so cute n talent
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Xyn Blue (2 months ago)
You are here for schoology right?
2019 Dillon Winger (2 months ago)
same @ vance quincy
TheSamuraiHoBo (2 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 (2 months ago)
history 17B brought me here
David Yonkie (2 months ago)
In my life, I have seen a lot of normal people go onto to achieve extraordinary accomplishments simply because of their tenacity. Not necessarily because they had some inate talent or gift, but merely because of their work habit and effort. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard - everytime!
Lannister (2 months ago)
Let them play Runescape... If you can finish a skill in that game you will be able to finish anything. :)
engr allan (2 months ago)
Shes amazing! I didn't know the word grit and I just learned that from her. I used to tell my kids something like this but I used a different word for it, I used discipline.
David Crandall (2 months ago)
Patience, persistence and pride. the 3 P's of success.
Savgekg13 (2 months ago)
It sucks
Ohhh Autz (2 months ago)
Who has to write a paper on this video for college? 😂
Nana Boss (2 months ago)
Who’s watching this cuz of school??
Matt Gall (2 months ago)
841 people didnt have grit to watch this video in full.
M Chao (2 months ago)
IMHO, parenting that rewards efforts, especially consistent and persistent efforts, is a key to grittiness. And stop talking about smart and stupid, those two words lead to a fixed mindset. It is, however, OK to encourage kids to get smarter through continuous efforts
محمد المالكي (2 months ago)
Summary: - The most significant predictor of success is grit, which means passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. -There is an idea to build grit called "growth mindset". It is the belief that the ability to learn is not fixed, that is can change with your effort.
Jacan Verdin (2 months ago)
Raymond Wu (2 months ago)
So what exactly is the difference is the difference between grit and conscientiousness?
Hitomtom (3 months ago)
My counterargument to all those who who say grit>talent. Isn't that just an excuse for you to make yourself feel better? To "think" yourself in the playing field of the "talented" people when perhaps, you're actually not? Would enjoy to see your response.
l pac (3 months ago)
So aren't there lots of books out there that already cover this, like Daniel Pinks book "Drive"?
Mr. Nobody (3 months ago)
why do we take her words for granted?
Fahsuky Bounsackdy (3 months ago)
It the same as Buddha's teaching for thousand years
Big Friendly Giant (3 months ago)
Where can I take this gee are eye tea test?
NDX (3 months ago)
Amazing Talk👏👏
Shuyanchi (3 months ago)
Yeah, brain can be trained. not understanding something not the permanent condition. Great speech.
chenyan xu (3 months ago)
Cross313 (3 months ago)
I feel like I just watched a 6 minute introspective on the character of Naruto. (anime character for those unaware)
Valeria Silva (3 months ago)
Ângela you are amazing! I am Reading grit and I love it. I Guess that you help me at my mission: to be the best mom to my little boy. Gratitud.
Tea Villegas (3 months ago)
I love her speech, confidence, and her novel. 😍👏🏽
Latte Arrival (3 months ago)
Wow!! When she said she worked at an inner city public school as a teacher i was like oh crap I definitely clicked on a video about grit!!!!
Very inspiring
Pham Minh Hieu (3 months ago)
Hello angela! My name is Hieu and I am living and working in Vietnam I watched a video clip on the TED forum on the subject of tenacity education for my children I appreciate this talk, I appreciate the message that you send to everyone I just regret and wonder: why do not you offer solutions to help children have motivation to practice tenacity We hope you study more about this topic Thank you very much! Best regards
David Clark (3 months ago)
This is interesting... I personally think she did her studies in the wrong place. She could have studied some aging corn and soybean farmers in North Carolina and found out everything she ever wanted to know about grit. Especially the 3rd and 4th generation rural farmer who watched their grandparents and parents struggle on the verge of bankruptcy for decades... That would have been an interesting report. Academia might teach us a bit about true grit, but blue collar people understand this because they exercise grit in the real world every day.
antonioantonio garcia (3 months ago)
I persevere more in my studies for my parents, their support and my desire to continue and continue. also a computer teacher showed us statistics about how many students graduated and went from elementary to high school to high school to university. And I wanted to be is 1 out of 100. 1999 Mexico, Bajacalifornia,Mexicali.
Favorite Book Lists (3 months ago)
"Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest of it will take care of itself." - Elizabeth Gilbert
Mystery Man (4 months ago)
Now that is a True Winner"... You can be the smartest person on Earth but if you give up on a question because you don't have the answer...Then you just failed on yourself...You can always get an E" for Effort.
kevin joseph (4 months ago)
snake oil...'the ability to learn is not fixed?'''
Ryan Talatagod (4 months ago)
I am grateful to be able to hear her meaningful message about how kids differ in their skills in different aspects. And the way she sends the message in very precise way, in very soft but strong words and not to mention that how people seriously listen as she delivers the message about grit. #RyanTalatagod #PrinciplesofCommunication
Maheli Doval (4 months ago)
In the end, discipline defeats intelligence :)
Dark Guardian (4 months ago)
For decades, experts have tried to figure out who would get through Navy Seals Buds training and who would not. Grit just rehashed the same questions asked for decades. It all comes down to a direction and a decision and making it daily. I'm tall and would make a great basketball player but I don't desire to be an NBA player. Angela is only bring the questions to a new generation I'm afraid.
Marxist Soccer (4 months ago)
Angela Duckworth has done the absolute most important thing in pop psychology. She has created a theory that confirms the biases of many people because it allows them to think their hard work is why they have been successful and the failure of others is exclusively their lack of hard work. She attracts the same people that buy multiple different self-help books that all give the same advice. Frankly, anyone that's studied social sciences at all should be able to look through this bullshit. Like, of course grit plays a factor in success, but that's one of likely millions of factors that play different roles depending on the unique situations of each individual person.
Marcela Caniggia (4 months ago)
I was forced to see this.
Ilyas Jawad (5 months ago)
She is amazing. I agree 100% with everything she said 👌
Johny's papa (5 months ago)
i left my school when i was at 1st grade because of some reasons🙁.All my friends said i don't have a good future,but i said NO!,i have.There's a lot of chances out there and i promised i will found one of them and i'll show to my friends that people with less education will SUCCESS.Just believe in yourself and dont listen what people said and keep smiling too☺☺
Allen Duncan (5 months ago)
Grit or engagement? As AI and deep learning systems outperform and replace humans at many tasks, the goal of teaching needs to change. In order to produce stronger, more aware, future citizens, equipped for the challenges of this century, an approach to education that focuses on co-operation rather than competition, should be our collective goal.
Muhammad Hassnain (5 months ago)
I am not gritty means I have a very high IQ
Dan Paz (5 months ago)
I agree! 👏👏👏👏👏
GWOSAPAT (5 months ago)
Command her for addressing a serious problem. Hopefully her theory will evolve. Because it might just be that some do better cause they got a little butter with their grits
Otto Ellison (5 months ago)
This talk made me remember the reason why I am a proponent of arts and sports programs in schools. You see, one of my first encounters with grit and tenacity happened when I was a kid learning how to play a musical instrument. It took years of continuous effort, and it paid off because I was able to make a career out of it. Notwithstanding, I'm sure I still would have learned priceless lessons in character from it even if I had pursued something else. Remember this the next time you hear someone saying that we are wasting money on music, arts and sports programs in the schools. These are disciplines that build character; and I think we can all agree that character is something we could use a lot more of in this age of instant gratification and social media.
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Cons and Piracy Theorums (5 months ago)
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