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Open thread: Having grit means living life like a marathon, not a sprint. Share your story of grit, and how it made a difference.

As a seventh-grade math teacher in New York, Angela Lee Duckworth quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled.

We'd like to start an open discussion on the idea that "grit" is one of the main factors for success in school and beyond. Does this ring true, in your experience? Have you ever seen grit make the difference between failure and success?

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    May 9 2013: Ahhh Ha! Eureka as Archimedes would say! Forty+ years ago I discovered that the whole human race was absolutely nuts. Every where I looked I saw insane people doing insane things and yet to them it was normal. I pondered: What happened to make all these people so crazy and am I the only one who sees this? I searched high and low for an answer: religion, politics, law, medicine, nature and then booze.

    A couple of years ago I read "Left in the Dark" by Tony Wright and there it was "the answer I had been searching to find for forty years" Eureka!! I was stunned that I had not thought of it before, it was so simple.

    All organisms and motors are built with a ultimate fuel in mind. The more diluted the fuel intake, the more problems the motor will have until it ceases to function. Humans are no different! In computer language we call it "garbage in - garbage out". Every human reacts adversely to inferior fuel, headaches, dizziness, cramps, sweats etc. and then if it continues to get bad fuel it will react with diseases followed by death. All of these are warning signs from our body telling us it needs better fuel.

    The grit part- I posed the question to my brain forty years ago and although I had long since forgotten the question in my consciousness my sub-conscience continued to work on the problem until the time was right for that Eureka moment. How's that for grit?

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