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GRIT: SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE Grit: The Secret Of Highly Successful People BY: JIM JUBELIRER, JUBELIRER RESULTS GROUP S uccessful people have grit. Angela Duckworth outlines what “grit” is in her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. She has spent over a decade studying what makes the top people in various industries successful. She describes their grit as a “ferocious determination” based on a strong sense of resilience and deep meaning in what they were doing. In other words, these individuals knew what they wanted to achieve and were not afraid to do the hard work that it would take to accomplish their goals. The genesis of her research into grit occurred during a trip to West Point when she learned about “Beast Barracks,” a seven-week training program students take before they enter their freshman year at the school. She wanted to know why some of the students made it through the program and some of them didn’t. After years of study and research into the subject, she created the Grit Scale, which turned out to be a more accurate predictor than GPA, SAT scores, and instructors’ assessments of who would and who wouldn’t succeed. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is the culmination of her research into the subject. One of the key takeaways she outlines is the idea that, contrary to popular belief, grit is something which can be learned. Believing that talent is innate (meaning it can’t be taught) is detrimental to developing grit. In fact, talent, intellect, physical prowess, and beauty are not at all correlated with grit! Talent x Effort = Skill Skill x Effort = Achievement Effort counts twice. Talent will only get you so far, and after that, it becomes a matter of harnessing your willpower, putting your nose to the grindstone, VISIT: ANGELADUCKWORTH.COM/GRIT-SCALE and getting to work. Only then will you reac h your full potential. To this end, she outlines four steps in the cultivation of grit: 1. Find an intense interest. 2. Practice the interest as much as possible. 3. Develop a higher purpose. 4. Develop a “growth mindset.” A growth mindset is simply the idea that there are enough resources and room for everyone to grow. That mentality is opposed to the more common “scarcity mindset” that holds firm the idea that you should take what you can get because if one thing gets larger, another must shrink. The scarcity mindset sees business and life as a zero-sum game. You can take the Grit Scale Assessment at angeladuckworth.com/grit-scale to find out how you score. It is a free, ten- question survey, and you can compare yourself to everyone else who has taken the assessment. u SPRING 2018 | 5