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Stash Media: “Character Lab’s WOOP: How Wishes Come True”
October 06, 2017 | Design

Stash Media: “Character Lab’s WOOP: How Wishes Come True”

One of the most influential design publications in the world, Stash featured our WOOP video days after its release. “London motion men Pedro Allevato and Miguel Rato mix illustration, design, 2D, and 3D animation into a lively promo for Character Lab’s self-control program called WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan).”

Read the feature here

New WOOP Playbook
October 06, 2017

New WOOP Playbook

Character Lab is excited to release a new Playbook for building self-control: WOOP.WOOP helps students take action toward making their dreams come true. Students learn to identify a specific Wish, envision the Outcome, identify internal Obstacles, and make a Plan. Visit our redesigned website for WOOP and other free, research-based character resources.

Watch the video and start using WOOP here

Walton Family Foundation blog: “A Q&A with Character Lab's Dr. Angela Duckworth”
September 17, 2017 | Press

Walton Family Foundation blog: “A Q&A with Character Lab's Dr. Angela Duckworth”

"Character strengths like curiosity, grit, and optimism are not “extras.” These skills help students perform — in school, college, and life. The Walton Family Foundation is supporting Dr. Angela Duckworth, who popularized the notion of “grit” as an essential component of student success, and the Character Lab, which she founded with Dave Levin of KIPP and Dominic Randolph of the Riverdale Country School, to study innovative ways of teaching and assessing character."

Read the Q&A here

Behavioral Scientist: “Gridiron Grit: Angela Duckworth on Excelling in the NFL and Beyond”
September 07, 2017 | Press,Angela Duckworth

Behavioral Scientist: “Gridiron Grit: Angela Duckworth on Excelling in the NFL and Beyond”

"We asked Duckworth about the role of grit in the NFL and what she learned working with Carroll. Is it possible to teach a talented player to become grittier? Is there a psychological revolution underway in professional sports? And how can you teach youth athletes about grit—and other values—through sports?"

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Coursera: “Positively Gritty: A Conversation with Dr. Angela Duckworth”
September 05, 2017 | Angela Duckworth

Coursera: “Positively Gritty: A Conversation with Dr. Angela Duckworth”

"Dr. Angela Duckworth is Founder and CEO of Character Lab and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She co-teaches the Positive Psychology: Character, Grit, and Research Methods course, part of the Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization on Coursera. In 2013, she did a popular TED Talk that touched upon her work and personal journey into the topics of grit and self control as seen in students."

Read the interview here

NPR: “Social and emotional skills: Everybody loves them, but still can't define them”
August 14, 2017 | Press,NPR

NPR: “Social and emotional skills: Everybody loves them, but still can't define them”

"More and more, people in education agree on the importance of schools' paying attention to stuff other than academics... There is also new research indicating that school-based interventions to promote social and emotional skills have large, and long-term, positive impacts: an average of $11 for every dollar invested."

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John Templeton Foundation: “Character Lab Educator Summit 2017”
August 01, 2017 | Educator Summit,Press

John Templeton Foundation: “Character Lab Educator Summit 2017”

On July 13 and 14, a group of around 400 educators, researchers, public figures, and thought leaders gathered in Philadelphia’s Center City for the third annual Educator Summit, hosted by Character Lab (a John Templeton Foundation grantee) in partnership with the Relay Graduate School of Education. Character Lab, which was co-founded in 2012 by Angela Duckworth, a professor, education researcher, and MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient renowned for her study of grit as a key factor in student success, uses the summit to provide teachers with tools to foster character development in their students.

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Tell Me Something I Don't Know: “Behavior Change (Ultra Egghead Edition)”
July 23, 2017 | Podcasts,Angela Duckworth

Tell Me Something I Don't Know: “Behavior Change (Ultra Egghead Edition)”

"Angela Duckworth (psychologist and author of Grit) is our special guest co-host, with Mike Maughan (head of global insights at Qualtrics) as real-time fact-checker. TMSIDK is in Philadelphia with a cornucopia of the world’s most renowned behavior change experts presenting original research."

Listen to the podcast here

2017 Educator Summit
July 14, 2017 | Educator Summit

2017 Educator Summit

On June 13 and 14, Character Lab hosts the annual Educator Summit, in partnership with Relay Graduate School of Education.  The Summit connects researchers with educators to spread state-of-the-art insights of character in classrooms. This year the Summit has a new theme: Character in 3D. This theme explores the three dimensions of character: interpersonal, intrapersonal, and intellectual.

Watch highlights from the 2017 Summit

+Acumen: “Angela Duckworth on Characteristics of Grit Paragons”
July 12, 2017 | Angela Duckworth

+Acumen: “Angela Duckworth on Characteristics of Grit Paragons”

"If you’re looking to develop your backbone, deepen a sense of resilience or build your stick-to-itiveness, this course is for you. You’ll learn how to become someone who manages to execute while others sit on the sidelines and stay optimistic even when the problems you’re tackling seem daunting."

Watch the video here

Forbes: “How To Build Grit In Your Organization”
July 06, 2017 | Press

Forbes: “How To Build Grit In Your Organization”

"A New York Times writer gave a glowing review of her book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, calling grit "self-control and stick-to-it-iveness." The big idea of Duckworth's is that anyone can learn to be gritty and that this skillset is most necessary in order to reach your full potential. But no one is born with grit; it's just a matter of building it from within. So how do you grow grit in your organization?"

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Art of Charm: “Grow your grit”
June 30, 2017 | Podcasts,Angela Duckworth

Art of Charm: “Grow your grit”

"Angela Duckworth (@angeladuckw) is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, founder of the non-profit Character Lab, and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. The Cheat Sheet: Why we shouldn't label others as talented. Why our potential is one thing -- and what we do with it is another. How to focus on high-level goals. When to give up -- and when to be stubborn. How to grow our grit and perseverance. And so much more."

Listen to the podcast here

Wall Street Journal: “Is there anything grit can’t do?”
June 23, 2017 | Wall Street Journal,Press,Angela Duckworth

Wall Street Journal: “Is there anything grit can’t do?”

“The Lab is an ambitious expansion of Ms. Duckworth’s work on grit. Its mission is to “advance the science and the practice of character development.” Her team, she says, relies on an “inclusive definition of character from Aristotle: everything that allows a person to live a good life.””

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Faces of character: Kyla Haimovitz
June 19, 2017 | People

Faces of character: Kyla Haimovitz

Kyla is a Postdoctoral Fellow who joined Character Lab by way of Stanford University, where she studied under Dr. Carol Dweck. As an expert in growth mindset and self-control, Kyla researches how to help kids study better and how teachers can deliver feedback more effectively. "In my work, I use the ways people think to improve their lives. This is the best job in the world. I get to spend all day thinking about why people do what they do, and how I can use that to help them have better lives. I get to do this for the rest of my life and I am astonished by it every day."

Read about the rest of the team

Scientific American: “Can narcissism fuel grit?”
June 11, 2017 | Press

Scientific American: “Can narcissism fuel grit?”

"But here's where things get really interesting: is it possible that grandiosity and vulnerability in combination can fuel grit? Perhaps a certain amount of grandiosity and self-doubt are important for high-level performance, but each one can keep the other in check. Some recent research suggests this might actually be the case."

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The ONE Thing: Grit
May 30, 2017 | Podcasts

The ONE Thing: Grit

"Today’s guest, Angela Duckworth, is a world-renowned psychologist and author of the New York Times Bestseller GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. She has advised the White House, The World Bank, NFL teams, Fortune 500 CEOs… and now she’s going to help YOU get grittier, cast a focused vision, and understand the psychology of high achievers."

Listen to the interview here

KonMari: “6 Ways to Stay Motivated and See a Goal to the End”
May 23, 2017 | Press

KonMari: “6 Ways to Stay Motivated and See a Goal to the End”

"A cornerstone in Duckworth’s research on grit and the KonMari Method is the idea that intentional practice yields results. It is not enough that individuals recognize their goal; they must take active steps to make it a reality."

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Finding Mastery: “Passion and perseverance”
May 18, 2017 | Podcasts,Angela Duckworth

Finding Mastery: “Passion and perseverance”

"Is there a set of characteristics that string together those who excel in life? My grandmother, like most Americans who were raised in the midst of the great depression and also faced world-war, would certainly say that hard work is part of it. Francis Galton (Darwin’s cousin) dating back to the late 1800’s was also interested in this question — he posited that high achievement is based on three things: ability, zeal, and capacity for hard labor (and that talent was not enough)."

Listen to the podcast here

Freakonomics: Behavior Change for Good
May 09, 2017 | Press,Freakonomics,Angela Duckworth

Freakonomics: Behavior Change for Good

What if you could make progress on every social problem simultaneously? That’s the challenge—and the opportunity—facing the Behavior Change For Good project. Co-directed by Angela Duckworth, this unprecedented three-year undertaking asks, "How can we help people make better decisions, and how can we make those behaviors endure?" In May, Character Lab co-hosted 30 elite scientists at the University of Pennsylvania to launch the program.  

Listen to the "Freakonomics" podcast

National Geographic: “What makes a genius?”
May 01, 2017 | Press

National Geographic: “What makes a genius?”

"[Duckworth] believes that a combination of passion and perseverance—what she calls “grit”—drives people to achieve. Duckworth, herself a MacArthur Foundation “genius” and a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, says the concept of genius is too easily cloaked in layers of magic, as if great achievement erupts spontaneously with no hard work. She believes there are differences when it comes to individual talent, but no matter how brilliant a person, fortitude and discipline are critical to success. “When you really look at somebody who accomplishes something great,” she says, “it is not effortless.””

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Education Week: “Is grit the secret sauce to student success?”
April 21, 2017 | Press,Angela Duckworth

Education Week: “Is grit the secret sauce to student success?”

"Is grit the secret sauce to student success? University of Pennsylvania Professor of Psychology Angela Duckworth, author of "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance," discusses her research with Education Week Commentary Editor Elizabeth Rich."

Watch the interview here

New York Times: “How to leave a mark on people”
April 18, 2017 | Press,New York Times

New York Times: “How to leave a mark on people”

“What causes individuals to adopt the identity of their microculture?” She had a lot of my items but more, such as a shared goal, like winning the Super Bowl or saving the environment; initiation rituals, especially those that are difficult; a sacred guidebook or object passed down from generation to generation; distinct jargon and phrases that are spoken inside the culture but misunderstood outside it; a label, like being a KIPPster for a KIPP school student; and finally uniforms or other emblems, such as flags, rings, bracelets or even secret underwear.

Read the column here

Penn: “Angela Duckworth to give Penn's 2017 Baccalaureate Address”
April 13, 2017 | Angela Duckworth

Penn: “Angela Duckworth to give Penn's 2017 Baccalaureate Address”

Angela Duckworth, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, will give the Baccalaureate Ceremony address during Penn’s 2017 Commencement. "The reality, confirmed by research, is that for most people, passion begins as a little spark that must be fanned and fed, over months and years, so that one day—one day, it may become a raging fire that burns perpetually.

Read the announcement here

CNBC: “J.K. Rowling's best advice for anyone determined to succeed”
April 05, 2017 | Press

CNBC: “J.K. Rowling's best advice for anyone determined to succeed”

"Rowling's not alone in this mindset. Psychologist and MacArthur "Genius" fellow Angela Duckworth spent years researching achievement, and found that talent by itself is only one factor. Success also requires determined effort, and lots of it. "Without effort, your talent is nothing more than your unmet potential," Duckworth writes."

Read the story here

Freakonomics podcast: “Big returns from thinking small”
March 29, 2017 | Press,Podcasts,Freakonomics,Angela Duckworth

Freakonomics podcast: “Big returns from thinking small”

"I want to redefine genius, if you will. I want to define genius as greatness that isn’t necessarily effortless, but in fact greatness that is earned however you do earn it."

Listen to the podcast here

BBC Radio: “Is talent a thing?”
February 19, 2017 | Podcasts,Press

BBC Radio: “Is talent a thing?”

"When hiring people, is the concept of talent so ill-defined as to be useless? Entrepreneur and author Margaret Heffernan thinks so and explores what characteristics recruiters might want to look for instead."

Listen to the podcast here

Forbes: “A Passion Is Developed More Than It Is Discovered”
January 09, 2017 | Press

Forbes: “A Passion Is Developed More Than It Is Discovered”

"I spoke to Angela Duckworth about the importance of controlling your own destiny, why she decided to pursue writing her book, why you need to have a deep passion in your work to be successful, why it takes time to discover your sense of purpose, and her best advice to you."

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Making Behavior Change Stick
October 05, 2016 | Angela Duckworth

Making Behavior Change Stick

"Solving the problem of enduring behavior change is our single greatest opportunity to improve lives. Why? Countless daily acts—whether we show up for class, how we spend our money, and even what we eat for breakfast—cumulatively shape our destinies. Recently, scientists have isolated the situational and psychological factors that hold sway over what we repeatedly do, leading to successful and scalable intervention."

Watch video overview here

New York Times: “Graduating and looking for your passion? Just be patient”
June 04, 2016 | New York Times,Angela Duckworth

New York Times: “Graduating and looking for your passion? Just be patient”

“As a psychologist who studies world-class achievers, I can say the reality of following your passion is not very romantic. It takes time to develop a direction that feels so in-the-bones right that you never want to veer from it. Thus, my advice to young graduates is not to “follow your passion” but rather, to “foster your passion.” Here are three suggestions for doing so.”

Read the op-ed here

Talks at Google: “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”
May 06, 2016 | Angela Duckworth

Talks at Google: “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”

Author Angela Duckworth visited Googles office in NYC to discuss her book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance with Ben Fried, Googles CIO and Site Lead in NYC.

Watch the video here

New York Times: “‘Grit,’ by Angela Duckworth”
May 04, 2016 | Press,New York Times

New York Times: “‘Grit,’ by Angela Duckworth”

“Angela Duckworth, the psychologist who has made “grit” the reigning buzzword in education-policy circles, would surely recoil at any association between it and Wayne’s outmoded machismo. Duckworth is a scholar you have to take seriously.”

Read the review here

NPR: “Forget talent, success comes from ‘grit’”
May 01, 2016 | NPR

NPR: “Forget talent, success comes from ‘grit’”

“Let me give you an example. When kids are, as they should be, exploring new interests - taking up a sport for the first time, figure out whether they like biology, you know, trying to know whether they're going to be a doctor when they grow up or a baker - it's very important that they quit things because quitting is necessary for exploration. The older you get, however, I think the more we should try, at least, to find things that we can do for a little longer so that there's something that we could call a deepening expertise.

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New York Times: “Angela Duckworth on Passion, Grit and Success”
April 08, 2016 | Press,New York Times

New York Times: “Angela Duckworth on Passion, Grit and Success”

“You cannot will yourself to be interested in something you’re not interested in. But you can actively discover and deepen your interest. So once you’ve fostered an interest, then, and only then, can you do the kind of difficult, effortful and sometimes frustrating practice that truly makes you better. Another thing is really maintaining a sense of hope or resilience, even when there are setbacks.”

Read the interview here

NPR Hidden Brain: “The power and problem of grit”
April 05, 2016 | NPR,Podcasts,Press

NPR Hidden Brain: “The power and problem of grit”

“Most of us can quickly grasp the importance of perseverance for success. But that's only half of the equation, according to Angela. The other half is an abiding interest and passion for a singular pursuit. Gritty people wake up thinking about the same questions they go to bed thinking about. Rather than being "discovered" through angst-ridden introspection, psychologists believe interests are developed and deepened over time through continuing engagement with a pursuit.

Listen to the podcast here

New York Times: “Don’t Grade Schools on Grit”
March 26, 2016 | New York Times,Angela Duckworth

New York Times: “Don’t Grade Schools on Grit”

“Does character matter, and can character be developed? Science and experience unequivocally say yes. Can the practice of giving feedback to students on character be improved? Absolutely. Can scientists and educators work together to cultivate students’ character? Without question. Should we turn measures of character intended for research and self-discovery into high-stakes metrics for accountability? In my view, no.”

Read op-ed here

NPR: “A key researcher says ‘grit’ isn't ready for high-stakes measures”
May 13, 2015 | NPR

NPR: “A key researcher says ‘grit’ isn't ready for high-stakes measures”

“But now Angela Duckworth, the scientist most closely associated with the concept of "grit," is trying to put on the brakes. In a new paper published in the journal Educational Researcher, the University of Pennsylvania psychologist, and her colleague David Scott Yeager at the University of Texas at Austin, argue that grit isn't ready for prime time, if prime time means high-stakes tests.

Read the story here

National Geographic: “Grit Trumps Talent and IQ: A Story Every Parent (and Educator) Should Read”
October 14, 2014 | Press

National Geographic: “Grit Trumps Talent and IQ: A Story Every Parent (and Educator) Should Read”

"Angela Duckworth and her team devise strategies to help students learn how to work hard and adapt in the face of temptation, distraction, and defeat."

Read the story here

TED Radio Hour: “Is having grit the key to success?”
November 01, 2013 | Podcasts,Angela Duckworth,TED

TED Radio Hour: “Is having grit the key to success?”

“Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh-graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

Listen to the podcast here

TED: “Grit: The power of passion and perseverance”
April 01, 2013 | Angela Duckworth,TED

TED: “Grit: The power of passion and perseverance”

“Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

Watch the TED Talk now