Posted on Jan 1, 2000  | Posted in

As part of my continuing education, I listened to Angela Lee Duckworth yesterday on TED. The TED Talks on YouTube are a great way to increase your learning. During Angela’s career as a seventh grade math teacher, she discovered that I.Q. was not an indicator of performance. The brightest students did not necessarily make the highest grades, nor did the ones who scored lowest on I.Q. tests make the lowest grades. She quit teaching to pursue a career as a psychologist so she could study kids and adults to discover who was successful and why they were successful. She tried to predict what individuals would be the most successful at West Point, at spelling bees, at troubled schools, and at private companies. What she found was the most prevalent indicator was not intelligence or social intelligence, but grit. Angela defined grit as passion plus perseverance for long term goals. Grit, she said, is living life like as if it is a marathon, having the desire to move through tough obstacles to get to your goal for a sustained period of time. My question to you is: Do you have grit? Do you have what it takes to sustain for long periods even when the road seems to get muddier every day? Do you have what it takes to believe in something possible even when it looks as if there are road blocks at every turn? How do you get grit? I think it is something you can learn. You start by being a lifelong learner. You read and then read some more. You go to seminars. You listen to people who are the top of their fields. You ask questions. You try and when you fail, you try again. If you really want to change, to get the grit to reach your dreams, I suggest reading some of the following books. They are not magic and they won’t turn you into an instant success, but they will cause you to think, and they will provide you with a different way of looking at things. Here are some of my favorite books to date:
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • Excuses Begone by Wayne Dyer
  • Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott
  • Seven Strategies for Wealth and Happiness by Jim Rohn
  • Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen R. Covey
  • Influence Science and Practice by Robert Chaldini
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
  • The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino
  • The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer
Education is started in school, but what school really does is teach you how to learn. Real learning occurs once you have left school. This type of learning is up to you. You have a world of possibility in front of you. If you want grit, go find out how to manifest it and keep it growing.


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