How to Strengthen Your Perseverance and Grit

Linda Graham, MFT examines the role of “grit” in resilience and offers an exercise to strengthen perseverance to maximize your growth mindset.  

Both a friend and a client told me about this delightful 6-minute TED talk by psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth about the importance of grit – which she defines as passion and perseverance – in achieving success.  Citing her research among West Point cadets, participants in the National Spelling Bee, sales personnel, and teachers in inner city schools, she found that determination and hard work were far better predictors of resilience and success than either talent or I.Q. Among 1,000 at risk students in the Chicago public schools,…

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