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It’s not just how smart you are, it’s how you hard you stick to it

Great talk by Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit.


It is not any of the following:

  • Social intelligence (being schmooozy)
  • Good looks
  • Physical health
  • IQ

It is about sticking to it. Getting it done, working hard. Grit.

It is having stamina, sticking with your future and not just doing it for the short-term, but for years to make that happen.


You can be smart but if you don’t follow through, you’re hooped.

Frankly, I see this in people I deal with, people who:

  • Promise to do things and never get them done (HATE!)
  • Flake out on you (also known as being consistently LATE)

To a lesser extent, these people are also highly disorganized. They don’t have schedules, they don’t write anything down to remember it later (“Oh I’ll remember…”), and they don’t have real To Do lists to follow.


I’ve always said this about money — it’s not rushing to the finish line, it’s getting there in a sustainable manner so your habits will last for the rest of your life.


We’re pretty complacent as a society, and although we can rant and rave about how immigrants are supposedly smarter, and are taking over all of our jobs, it really is just a half truth.

Immigrants tend to have grit. They most likely come from

The only place where immigrants get caught (for me), are when their grit is so strong that they end up doing unimaginable things just in the name of success and making it, even if it hurts others either directly or indirectly.

Fantastic video.

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  1. Sense

    I just read her book! She said grit boils down to having an extreme passion for ONE thing, plus never giving up, plus putting major effort into getting better at that passion. While the book was interesting, as in her video above, she didn’t go into the HOWs: how to find your passion and how to develop grit.

    To me, grit is a repackaging of the idea of having a growth mindset, which she mentions in her talk, and barely mentions it in the book (it only gets a page or two). I think if you’re able to have a growth mindset and learn how to be resilient and deliberately practice, the only thing left is to find your passion.

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      She is fantastic, I loved her talk. 🙂 Grit is a mindset, for me. It is a muscle you need to flex each time you come across something tough.


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