Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

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Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized t…


Wilson Ng says:

Key to success? Not IQ. Not good looks. Not talent. Not social
connections. Its grit – the perseverance and passion for long term goals,
the willingness to start over again, the focus of not taking your eyes off
what you really want to accomplish.

Joshua Kahn says:

couldn’t agree more

Namaste Anam says:


Ryan Thomas says:

Being smart and capable doesn’t automatically translate into success. You
have to learn to accept failure, build on it and move pass it.

Everything doesn’t go according to plan. In fact, the most interesting
changes in my perception have happened when the plan went sideways. And I
think I’m better for it.

Things I’ve learnt in my 30’s that I wish I’d discovered earlier in life.

ThisbeandPyramus says:

What drivel. Not only is this woman dangerous, imo, but the ideas she’s
articulating are extremely old-fashioned, hierarchical & reactionary. Oh,
and wrong.

Kent Kawahara says:

The key to success? Grit.

Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

Gary2837 says:

Thanks for posting this enlightening clip. All of us have a lot to learn.

Hong Yu Su says:

sorry, but this is just too plain obvious. I literally felt like she just
pulled this crap out of a random Chinese textbook (or any textbook in fact
that teaches about success in general) which we used to learn back in
elementary school. Takes her a PhD and 3 jobs to figure this out? I mean,
the idea for sure is praiseworthy, but it is a very ancient concept that
dates back in 1907, and most people today would know that success isn’t
measured by IQ but perseverance 

Mengjia Zhang says:

Well actually, grit and intelligence have to go hand in hand to be
successful. What’s the point of being a work horse if you don’t have
inspiration behind the goal you are pushing towards? Yes, perseverance can
get you through grade school math where anyone who practices the math
problems and memorizes the formulas can get an “A”. But success defined as
“creating great positive change in the world” requires intelligence. You
can’t find the cure for cancer, design the cars of the future, or write a
literary masterpiece using grit alone.

Einstein in a Box says:

A great +TED talk from educator and psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth:
What’s the most important factor for success? Grit!

#education #teaching #STEM 

Anusha Sankaranarayanan says:

Just another word for hard work in my opinion. I don’t think it is as
ground breaking as people are making it out to be. Hard work has been, is
and will always be the key to success. Remember Thomas Elva Edison? “I
didn’t fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 100 steps.”
Was so much research required to arrive upon this conclusion? 

orbik says:

These ideas seem closely related to other criticism of the American
education system. While perseverance is important, inspiring methods of
teaching will compensate for the lack of it. I know because I don’t have a
lot of it, but excelled in primary and secondary education. After that it’s
been a different story though.

Zak Rafik says:

Check out this video on YouTube: found this an eye opener. 

Tong Vue says:

I think patience is the key to success. Stick to something long enough and
you’ll find success. Grits belong on my plate.

Crossing Oceans says:

My intention when I created my website and blog was to share a message,
above all else, of believing in yourself. I try to fill it with as much
positive stuff as possible not because I want to force some sort of
positive-mantra lifestyle on you, but rather to support you in your quest
for happiness and fulfillment. I wanted to have a place where anyone who
needed a little hope or encouragement could find it. Whatever it is you
want, whether it be to be happier, healthier, more confident, in a loving
relationship, in a job you love, etc., I believe you can have it and so
much more. I also believe you’ll face obstacles along the way and things
that scare you, and this is where my intentions were created. To remind you
to never give up.

I recently found this video which says so much better than I ever could the
importance of never giving up. Never give up on your dreams and desires.
It’s okay to wander into the darkness, we all do, but come back to the
light. You have amazing things to do and amazing places to go and even more
amazing people to meet. I will try my best to keep filling this blog with
messages, images and stories to keep your hope alive, and when you need
some encouragement or a little inspiration, come on by. We all need
encouragement and we all get afraid. What matters is that we don’t let it
stop us.

justsmilehomie says:

I fell in love with this woman. This is what the teachers should be like,
motivated to make children want to learn.

Michael Convey says:

Fantastic video: Kids & grit!

Sherrie Lee says:

Grit matters for the long run.

Mark Rounds says:

What’s the best predictor of success in a person’s life, including when it
comes to goals in education? “Grit,” says psychologist Dr. Angela Lee

What is grit? Find out in her TED Talk, in which Duckworth explains that
grit is a better indicator of personal success than IQ, family income and
other factors. Take the grit test yourself at

tombox24 says:

I mean, this really has got to be the stupidest TED talk I’ve ever seen.

“She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the
successful students from those who struggled”

No shit, she had to become a teacher to figure this out? I get the
impression that she probably has a high IQ and never struggled at school.
She must have been amazed to find out when she became a teacher that IQ
isn’t everything and many kids at school struggle regardless of their “IQ”.

so grit is a significant factor in becoming successful… who knew. 

Nikita Talreja says:

Be grittier to inculcate grit! 

Yasmin Freeman says:

There is nothing more true than what she is saying. I failed through school
always got in trouble and didn’t do so well..primarily because I was just
an idiot but also because teachers failed to get many students motivated. I
was told to leave school sat 16 and started studying self improvement and
the keys to success and I am now going to university predicted ‘A*A*A’ in
Business. Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you can’t succeed. 

Vũ Đăng Quang says:

so interesting!!

Julie Van Stone says:

Sooo true

bosco251 says:

Is this really such a revolutionary idea hard work and perseverance to be

utubecomment21 says:

What if you have grit, but just in the wrong area? Yet another load of
‘Management Talk’ that in the real world adds up to nothing!

Soji Adewusi says:

Please Don’t Miss this Video…”The Key to Success?” GRIT

Mark Hammer says:

Amen to this. We need more of this to sustain ourselves to success no mater
how we define it for ourselves.

Mimit Primyastanto says:

Certainly will the believers have succeeded:
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They who are during their prayer humbly submissive
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And they who turn away from ill speech
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And they who are observant of zakah
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And they who guard their private parts
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Except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed,
they will not be blamed –
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But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors –
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And they who are to their trusts and their promises attentive
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And they who carefully maintain their prayers –
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Those are the inheritors
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Who will inherit al-Firdaus. They will abide therein eternally.(Q.S.
AL-MU’MINUN : 1-11)

Mike Turner says:

The secret sauce to success. Cool Video.

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