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Measuring True Grit

Angela Duckworth, professor of psychology at UPenn, founder and scientific director of UPenn's Character Lab, and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Scribner, 2016), discusses her claim that success is less about talent, and more about character.

Here's how Duckworth defines "grit" -- passion and perseverance, not necessarily in that order.

Now: ever heard of "grit" as a measure of character and talent? @Penn professor @angeladuckw explains.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 3, 2016

→ Take the test: Where do you land on the "grit" scale? Take this test, developed by Professor Duckworth, and tell us your score below.

→ Hear more: Duckworth will be doing a reading at Chappaqua Library tonight at 7pm. Click here for more details. 

Depth versus breadth. We all face this trade-off says @angeladuckw. To be "gritty" is to choose to sacrifice other interests + excel at one.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 3, 2016

@BrianLehrer@angeladuckw I wonder if the last ten years of growing social media obsession has diminished overall "stick-to-it-ivness."

— Kristin Wald (@kdwald) May 3, 2016

@BrianLehrer passion for me started with admiration, came from exposure to role models and seeing others' achievements in arts

— JJ (@j_j____jjjj) May 3, 2016

@BrianLehrer thanks for taking my call on grit. Interestingly my parents divorce inspired my own. I surrounded myself with gritty people.

— ELBOW-TOE (@elbowtoe) May 3, 2016


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