Grit, Gratitude, and the Art of Sticking With It

Grit, Gratitude, and the Art of Sticking With It

Caren Baruch-Feldman is a clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist who works on developing grit and self-control. University of Pennsylvania psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman recently hosted her on The Psychology Podcast to discuss how gratitude amplifies grit, and how we always have the power to change for the better.

“Just telling people, ‘Be gritty,’ but not giving them a road map or support is not the way to do it.”

Scott: How do you define grit? Do you define it in the same way that Angela Duckworth does?

Caren: I based a lot of my book and my research on her work. She defines it as “passion and perseverance for long-term goals.” One thing I would add to my definition is the word “meaningful.” For me, grit is having a goal that’s really important to you, and being able to persist in that goal and rebound when things get tough.

Scott: Is resiliency a part of that?

Caren: Definitely. On the path of success, there are going to be setbacks, and that’s part of the journey. When you look at successful people, they have setbacks and learn how to deal with setbacks. When things are really tough, how do you stick with things? And then also, how do you decide that maybe something isn’t for you?..READ ON

How to build resilience and agility in HR

For Jamie Savage, founder of The Leadership Agency, thriving through disruption is nothing new. Having launched her own executive recruitment agency in 2017, Savage now works with the likes of SkipTheDishes, Endy, StackAdapt, and TouchBistro – helping Canadian organizations find their perfect fit. Speaking to HRD, Savage painted a picture of the future of HR in Canada – beginning with how leaders can prepare themselves for the changes still to come in 2022.

The past year has been unpredictable, leading to a dramatic decline in employee mental health.

“The number one attribute that we’re all going to have to hone is agility,” Savage told HRD. “We need to be agile, and we need to be resilient. There’s definitely some companies out there that’ve thrived during the pandemic, and then there’s others which have been impacted in a very negative way. Companies that did thrive were the agile ones – the ones which knew how to bend without breaking. This isn’t going to change anytime soon.”…READ ON

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