“Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint”: Four Experts on Resilience, Motivation and the Mindset Needed for Success
There are lots of ways to explain what grit is, but nothing evokes it better than the word itself. Educators, psychologists, and athletes know grit is imperative to success—talent aside—and these four speakers argue for it in their own funny, brilliant, and enlightening ways.
Yvonne Camus – Just Get to the Next Checkpoint
Yvonne Camus is a mom and businesswoman who can go toe-to-toe with a Navy SEAL should the situation call for it. As the sole female member of the Canadian team in the grueling Eco-Challenge, Camus readily admits that it wasn’t always easy to persist. Here, she describes wanting to quit, and ultimately, what stopped her from doing it.
Angela Duckworth – Passion + Perseverance
Angela Duckworth is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, co-founder of the Character Lab, and literally wrote the book on grit (subtitle: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.) “Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” she says in her viral TED Talk.
Scott Barry Kaufman – A New Theory of Human Intelligence
Author of Ungifted and Wired to Create, Scott Barry Kaufman challenges the conventions that surround—and inhibit—personal creative potential. He knows it firsthand, having been limited by standardized tests for much of his early life. Here, he discusses the way that motivation can help us gain ability we may not initially display, and how the metrics of human potential must be reconsidered.
David Yeager – Are the Causes of Difficulties Fixed?
A leading expert in grit, performance, and the growth mindset, David Yeager teaches that belief in our own ability to change and adapt is imperative to our success. He particularly looks at this within school and career contexts, studying the ways that students and adults feel like they belong and are respected; that their work is relevant and purposeful; and that they can overcome setbacks and continue to improve. “We can’t always control whether there’s difficulty,” he says, “but how people make sense of difficulty is something we can change and improve upon.”
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