True Grit – Why perseverance beats skill

What’s the best predictor of success in a person’s life, including when it comes to goals in education? “Grit,” says psychologist Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth.

Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. With over 8 million views, her TED Talk explains that it is not social intelligence, good looks, family income, talent or even IQ that make us successful. It is Grit.

What is Grit?

Grit is the power of passion and perseverance. The stamina to stick to your goals and follow through on your commitments is more important than learning quickly and easily.


In this highly engaging TED Talk Dr Duckworth explains how her research is transporting our understanding of the role that grit plays in the life of adults and children.

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