Last week, I introduced a new topic that I want to write about for the next few weeks in my Dalat News articles. It is the topic of “grit.” So what is grit? One of the preeminent leaders on the study of this interestingly named characteristic is Angela Lee Duckworth. She currently heads up the Duckworth Lab at the University of Pennsylvania which studies grit and self-control. Her research into this topic recently won her a MacArthur Fellowship which has been dubbed by the media as the “genius” award.
Angela has studied grit in many different places and scenarios, from West Point Academy to the National Spelling Bee, to Fortune 500 companies, and so on. She personally defines grit as the following, “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in and day out not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it is a marathon, not a sprint.”
Below I have included a link to a six-minute TED talk by Angela on the topic of grit. Please, please, please (is that enough begging?) take the time to click on the link and watch the video. I promise you it will be worth every minute. What she talks about is very important for us as parents to understand and is a great introduction to this critical topic.