Ted Talks – The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Lee Duckworth

Angela Lee Duckworth is a professor of psychology at the university of Pennsylvania. Angela was previously as 7thgrade maths teacher in New York where she discovered that success is no simply attributed to IQ but to qualities like self-discipline and grit. Angela realised that success in school and life was more than the ability to learn quickly.

From her study Angela found that one main characteristic emerges as a significant predicter of success – it was that of Grit. Grit is the passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Angela describes Grit as living life like it’s a marathon and not a sprint.

A talent is something does not instantly make you successful in it – Many talented individuals do not follow through and therefore do not become as successful.

The ability to learn in not fixed and it can be changed with the effort you make. If we make effort to learn something and do not give up on it, we are much more likely to be successful.

We have to learn to be able to failure. Failure is not a permanent condition and we need to learn lessons from our failures with perseverance to keep trying. This is how we become successful because we have the Grit to keep going.

I enjoyed this Ted Talk as I to need to work on my perseverance and learning not to give up if I fail. Really enjoyable talk.


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