YOU GOT GRIT?

Caro­line James dis­cov­ers why greater grit­ti­ness helps you get more out of life

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - LIFESTYLE -

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”.

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