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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 10 2013: When Evergreen State College introduced there new system it was ridiculed: They said student attendance at classes was not mandatory. The students could obtain there knowledge where ever they could find it. They were to build a project and when finished there were only two grades, pass or fail.
    When the professors needed to understand the new IBM 370/145 system they had just bought they came knocking on my door. I was 21 years old then and had a reputation for explaining complicated problems in a simple fashion. I was the systems programmer for the largest data center in Washington State government at the time where I had already given many lectures. I was a little intimidated in the presence of a room full of bearded professors but soon settled down and taught them what they needed. Over the course of several weeks I found it intoxicating to be able to use any teaching method I wanted and have my ideas grasp so quickly, they were very good students.
    We are all students and we are all teachers. It is a lifelong project.
    When we cease being a good student, we also cease being a good teacher!

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