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The Grit Test

Ever wonder if there’s a way to predict who will “make it”, and who is more likely to stay mediocre, or even give up and go home?  You’re not alone.  Professor Angela Lee Duckworth has spent the past dozen years trying to answer that question.

Here’s what she discovered.

Our research has established the predictive power of grit and self-control, over and beyond measures of talent, for objectively measured success outcomes. For instance, in prospective longitudinal studies, grit predicts surviving the arduous first summer of training at West Point and reaching the final rounds of the National Spelling Bee, retention in the U.S. Special Forces, retention and performance among novice teachers, and graduation from Chicago public high schools, over and beyond domain-relevant talent measures such as IQ, SAT or standardized achievement test scores, and physical fitness. In cross-sectional studies, grit correlates with lifetime educational attainment and, inversely, lifetime career changes and divorce.

As you no doubt suspect, predicting “grit” isn’t so easy.  But Professor Duckworth has gradually converged on a 12-question grit test that’s surprisingly accurate across a range of circumstances and disciplines.

If you’d like to know more about Professor Duckworth’s research, please visit The Duckworth Lab at the University of Pennsylvania.

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  1. Carol Orris says:

    This just goes to show that with “hustle and heart” anyone can be successful. We are not all given talent, but we can all apply what we have been given. I absolutely love coming to this site! It is a wealth of business knowledge. I take so much of what I read here into my personal life as well.

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