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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 11 2013: I have one unforgettable memory that reminds me of the fact that persistence would pay off sometime. It was when I was an elementary school kid who was crazy about playing baseball. I’m confident enough to say that I loved baseball more than any other guys and actually did as much practice as I could at that time.
    The reality didn’t live up to my expectation, though. I often went out in a chance and did some errors in fielding. To be honest, I was about to hate baseball because I thought my efforts wouldn’t pay off once and for all. But my father suggested that I was right in front of the door for success and my effort would never be wasteful if I didn’t give up then. Keeping my grit was actually arduous, but the time had finally come.
    I hit a turning-the-table homer at my final game! I burst into tears because I didn’t know how ecstatic it was that efforts finally paid off. This experience’s still supported me even though I’m no longer a baseball player. Efforts don’t always lead you to the success, but you would never make a success without efforts.

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