GRIT The Power of Passion and Perseverance

by Abigail Berger
What makes a person so passionate towards something that they could do it every day for the rest of their life? It’s the same thing that makes successful people successful. It’s the same thing that made Amazon, Nike, and Google. It’s the thing that everyone wants but doesn’t know how to get.
Grit is the simple answer. Grit builds warriors; grit makes dreams come true. Most importantly, grit makes lives purposeful. Angela Duckworth explains everything you need to know about grit in her book, GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. She explains what makes a person gritty, and how some people are grittier than others. The book also includes important steps on how to develop grit. One of these steps focuses on the way we practice what we do.
Practice makes perfect. That’s what everyone says, right? Well, not Angela Duckworth. She presents research supporting the idea that deliberate practice makes perfect. You could spend hours of your day practicing piano, but if you don’t do so deliberately, you will not improve. The four steps for deliberate practice include:
1)  a clearly defined stretch goal
2) full concentration and effort
3) immediate and informative feedback
4) repetition with reflection and refinement
This was just one of many lessons on how to develop grit, helping to make the most out of everything you do.
This is a Ted talk by the author, which provides a summary of some of the topics in her book.