Angela Duckworth, Associate Professor of Psychology at Penn, not only studies grit, she epitomizes it. She has doggedly researched the concept for a decade. Despite what may appear to be over the top determination, even obsessiveness, those with the quality are unusually down-to-earth. They’re that rare breed who has their head in the clouds but their feet on the ground. Which, surprisingly, means that Spartan Race co-founder Joe Desena may not be so crazy after all.
- Sustaining passion and endurance over time (years) is essentially the definition of grit.
- People who are gritty have a cognitive mindset to focus on things that they can change.
- They are positive and optimistic.
- Always remember that no great human achievement exists that doesn’t have thousands of hours of work behind it.
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