Why does grit matter?

One way to think about grit is to consider what grit isn’t. Grit isn’t talent. Grit isn’t luck. Grit isn’t how intensely, for the moment, you want something.

Instead, grit is about having a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And grit is holding steadfast to that goal over time. Even when you fall down. Even when you screw up. Even when progress toward that goal is halting or slow.

Talent and luck matter to success. But talent and luck are no guarantee of grit. And in the very long run, grit may matter as least as much, if not more, to what you achieve.

    What does grit look like?

    Demonstrating grit could involve:

    • developing and deepening your interests
    • sticking with commitments, even when it’s difficult
    • not quitting a sport in the middle of the season
    • revising an essay to make it better
    • asking other people for feedback about how you can improve

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    Research articles about grit

    Self-control and grit: Related but separable determinants of success
    Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23(5), 319–325. 
    Duckworth, A., & Gross, J. J. (2014). 
    Grit: Perseverance and passion for long-term goals
    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(6), 1087.
    Duckworth, A. L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M. D., & Kelly, D. R. (2007). 
    The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance
    Psychological Review, 100(3), 363.
    Ericsson, K. A., Krampe, R. T., & Tesch-Römer, C. (1993).