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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 12 2013: I learned early in life that GOD gifted me with a very special dispensation for children. I began babysitting at the age of thirteen and was always a trusted sitter who was requested. My mother told me that I would have a household full of kids she was right! I raised a blended family with (6) children which by most account was a true test to my calling. To God be the glory I was able to raise well rounded children. I became a child advocate for the state of Indiana which further propelled me into my calling. I well children and look forward to edifying their lives.

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