Grit, Angela Duckworth
‘Good effort, but you lack the raw talent’.
Why does our society idolise talent? Why is our education system IQ based? Why do children give up on their dreams and aspirations before implementation? Psychologist Dr Angela Duckworth analyses what defines success; spoiler alert – it isn’t talent, IQ or family income.
Duckworth’s ground-breaking research examines decades of high achievers such as military graduates, Spelling Bee candidates, Superbowl champions and leading corporate salespeople, with the aim to assess who is most successful and why. The answer: grit.
Talent x Effort = Skill
Skill x Effort = achievement } grit
‘Grit’ tackles the widespread misconception of talent trumps all and reveals a fundamental flaw within the Western education system. ‘Grit’s’ aim: bust the myth of talent.
Don’t get me wrong, talent counts, but effort counts twice. From Duckworth’s formula, we see that talent isn’t irrelevant, only not the domineering factor Western culture believes.
Duckworth stresses that grit is obsession, focus, passion, perseverance, practice, hope and purpose. The marathon not the sprint. The child who falls 7 times but rises 8. And that if you’re willing, you can succeed with grit too.