How to Develop the Grit You Need to Succeed

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How to Develop the Grit You Need to Succeed

Every person on this planet is looking for two things–happiness and success. But as much as we might wish it, the desire to achieve goals and find joy isn’t enough to manifest these things in our lives.

Forget desire. Forget inspiration. What you really need is dedication. In order to achieve your dreams, you must have grit.

Instead of hoping that your passion will simply reveal itself eventually, adopt what the study’s authors call a “growth mindset.”

Ilya Pozin,
INC.’S 30 UNDER 30 ENTREPRENEURS, founder of Pluto TV,

Grit isn’t just an empty platitude thrown around by self-styled self-help gurus. The power of dedication and perseverance is actually backed up by scientific research. In fact, University of Pennsylvania psychologist and MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant winner Angela Duckworth believes grit gives a better indication of a child’s possible future success and happiness than even his or her IQ score — and her research backs it up.

Grit comes down to two things: passion and perseverance for long-term goals. Duckworth’s study of West Point cadets found that these two attributes were the strongest predictors of a candidate’s future success–well beyond reaction times, physical ability, and overall knowledge.

This is an insight that has shaped my interactions with my own kids. In an effort to ensure they live happy, successful lives, I try to instill in them that dedication and focus they need to achieve their goals–motivating, not pushing…

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