What is the greatest predictor of success? Well, it depends on who you ask. Some professionals will tell you that it is standardized test scores and GPAs. Others believe social and emotional intelligence lead the way to success. But the latest research is leaning towards something else, grit.
Angela Duckworth, a researcher, scientist, and teacher defines grit as perseverance and passion towards a long term goal. Her findings indicate that grit, even more so than IQ, plays a vital role in a student’s ability to succeed at challenging, long-term, goals. The research suggests that students who are considered “smarter” often have less grit than their fellow students who compensate for the gap by working harder and showing more persistence. As a result, the “grittiest”, not the most intelligent, students find the most success later in life. If you have the chance, check out her TED talks.
So can you learn to be “gritty”? Duckworth believes you can! Here are some ways you can develop your “grit” and become more successful: