18-09 Segment 2: The Value of Grit

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While there are a number of factors that can affect the success that an individual will have in the pursuit of a goal, grit is one with high value. Angela Duckworth, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Scientific Director of the Character Lab, and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, defines grit as a combination of two things: perseverance in the pursuit of a long-term goal and passion for that goal.

While talent is an important determinant in achieving a goal, passion for that talent plays a role, too. Duckworth explains that it could take many years for an individual to develop their passion, but that it usually is something an individual finds interesting and meaningful. Without passion, an individual may lack the drive to persevere through obstacles.

Finding a passion may be difficult, but grit is something that can heavily influence how an individual deals with life. Duckworth believes that adults can instill in children the grit to achieve their goals from a young age. She explains that adults must model what it means to struggle and overcome obstacles. Particularly that struggling is not necessarily a bad thing because children often mimic the characteristics of their parents and role-models.

Guest:

  • Angela Duckworth, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Scientific Director of the Character Lab, and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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16-07 Segment 2: Keeping Those Resolutions: The key is low and slow

 

Synopsis: About this time of year, New Year’s resolutions begin to wane — and most die. How do you keep them going? And how can you make better ones that you’re more likely to keep in the future? Our guests give advice on crafting a goal and setting up a process that will help you attain it.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Brett Blumenthal, author of the book, 52 Small Changes for the Mind; Achim Nowak, author of the book, The Moment: A practical guide to creating a mindful life in a distracted world.

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