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  • Grit is a combination of character traits,

  • such as self-control, passion and perseverance.

  • Many modern psychologists,

  • educators and parents now believe it's more important

  • for success in life than good grades

  • at school or an outstanding intelligence.

  • At a Stanford experiment in the late 1960s

  • psychologist Walter Mischel put kids

  • in front of one tasty marshmallow.

  • The 4 year old children were then promised another one

  • if they had enough willpower not eat the one in front of them.

  • Then they were left alone for 15 minutes.

  • Some kids hid below the table.

  • Those who were able to delay their gratification,

  • got a second treat and many years later

  • became more accomplished adults.

  • They were more healthy,

  • had higher test scores at school

  • and were socially more competent.

  • Professor Mischel and the marshmallow test became famous.

  • Angela Duckwort, a popular psychologists,

  • later invented the so-called Grit-Scale,

  • a questionnaire to predict success.

  • One question: Do I finish what I began?

  • She then interviewed gifted business woman,

  • accomplished scientists and other successful people.

  • She found out that self-control, passion,

  • and perseverance were better indicators for success

  • than a high IQ score or fine genes.

  • Let's examine the reasons behind this.

  • Passion leads us to pursue careers that we love.

  • Once we love something, we work hard to succeed

  • and as a result can reach excellence

  • Self-control allows us to wait

  • even if something looks very attractive.

  • This is important because one day,

  • a better option might present itself.

  • And perseverance means we keep fighting despite obstacles.

  • It's essential to complete projects that then

  • grow our self-confidence through social recognition.

  • The most gifted minds can't even start,

  • if they lack passion and inspiration.

  • One way to develop grit

  • is to realize that we can eliminate our weaknesses

  • with practice.

  • We can learn a new thing by practicing

  • long enough to see actual progress.

  • But we can also study the lives of our role models.

  • Then we understand that football stars

  • train every day and receive constant feedback

  • from professional coaches to develop specific skills.

  • Once we internalize that we can improve our skills,

  • we might realize that we can also practice willpower.

  • For example, to change to a vegetarian diet is hard.

  • But if you start small and try to cut out beef every Sunday,

  • you might soon realize that you can also skip chicken during the week.

  • And when that happens,

  • you learn that you can grow will-power like

  • any other muscle in your body.

  • Then anything is possible,

  • even to become a vegetarian

  • When we realize that our brain is like any other muscle that grows with training,

  • then willpower and self-control are just a matter of practice.

  • And once we practice something long enough,

  • it can become a habit or even our passion.

  • Some 2,000 years ago Aristotle supposedly wrote:

  • "We are what we repeatedly do."

  • "Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."

  • Maybe he was right.

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