YOU GOT GRIT?
Caroline James discovers why greater grittiness helps you get more out of life
Sick of launching out of the gate and then falling at the first hurdle? You may be low on grit. In 2007, US psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth created the Grit Scale to rate human resilience. Her studies explored why the most successful people aren’t just talented, intelligent or gifted, they also possess a high degree of perseverance.
Sydney psychologist Sarah-Jayne McCormick, who’s worked with Olympians and celebrities, describes grit as “the display of perseverance and passion for long-term goals” shown through tenacity, resilience, ambition, conscientiousness and hard work. “Intelligence alone isn’t enough,” she says. But the good news is “almost anyone can build grittiness and use it to achieve life goals”.