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TED: Grit

posted Sep 4, 2012, 5:06 PM by Brian Taylor
I first came across the research of Angela Lee Duckworth in a New York Times article. She is a researcher in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She came up with the term 'Grit' to refer to a constellation of character traits that predict success, high achievement and the likelihood of completing difficult programs. Her research was also featured in a whole chapter of Martin Seligman's book Flourish. She has developed a number of very short tests (I've attached one to this post) that are better predictors of success than intelligence tests in educational settings, and better predictors of success in the Army's West Point boot camp than the Army's own very detailed and extensive candidate profile.
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Brian Taylor,
Sep 4, 2012, 5:06 PM