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Morton Bast

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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?

Topics: success

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    May 11 2013: I do agree, that there are several factors that contribute to success. The situation, people you work with and the role you are playing in a project all have an impact on this. But I do also find that there are (for me) three things that are most important to successfully finishing a project.
    That is passion, practice and perseverance. I think this can go along with grit very well.

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