Why are some people more successful than others? Are they more talented or more intelligent? Did they go to a better school maybe and have the right contacts? Did they make the right choices at key moments? Are they just lucky?
Or is there something else? A missing ingredient?
Perhaps there is.
Sheer bloody-mindedness. Will-power. Determination. Angela Duckworth calls it 'grit', and in this episode of the Virgin Podcast, the management-consultant-turned-teacher-turned-psychologist explains more about her thesis regarding passion and perseverance.
As far as human characteristics go, grit is perhaps the greatest predictor of future success of them all.
And the good news is if you don’t consider yourself gritty, you can develop your own grit. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is published by Scribner.
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