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The perspective that life is a marathon, not a sprint, endangers the belief that the result will provide immediate gratification. To a culture that runs on making results readily available, this notion may present challenges.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLong-term goals, while eminently admirable, feel too challenging when some are just trying to live day to day. 16 million kids lived in food insecure houses in 2012. 20 percent of urban kids feel unsafe in their schools.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMy mother locked me out of the house everyday to practice and develop my skills on the court. Without knowing it, this was my first life lesson on setting long-term goals and overcoming obstacles to achieve a dream.
I am inclined to believe and agree that being passionate can lead us to a path of success
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI got my own first taste of grit right after I graduated from college. Armed with good grades, several internships, and stellar recommendations, I thought I'd be deluged with job offers. I thought wrong.
As it turns out, we are not "set in stone" at birth -- not by genetics, not by the luck-of-the-draw of our ZIP code.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGot some chutzpah? Or some stubborn determination to succeed when the chips are down? Is this what Angela Lee Duckworth is referring to when she says grit?
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMy best teachers believed that their job was not to "teach the subject," but to "teach the student." Book smarts were great, but academic success was not the end-all, be-all of school.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGuess who was one of the youngest talent show contestants at his school? And guess who still has a mild tantrum when a new concept does not come easy? Sometimes intelligence is not an advantage.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt's only natural for me, as an extremely imperfect person, to be self-centered, so it's still a daily battle to get beyond myself and my wants and my needs.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAs Angela tells us, they are often talented and smart. But when it is time to write an essay, practice an instrument, or study for an exam, they procrastinate or give up.
angela duckworthNever give up! It's more than just a platitude. In her extensive research, psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth found the #1 predictor of a person's success.