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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 13 2013: I am an example of grit. I have always found a way to push ahead never accepting the simple answer, never looking for the easy way out (even when it stared me in the face). My resolve to succeed has always driven me in all my endeavors; even when I fail. I learned this by watching my parents strive to succeed and give our family a better way of life. My parents ability to look at adversity in the face taught me that even if a challenge does not yield a win, the lesson that you take away after the fight is the best prize, you learn what it takes to win and lose. The ability to examine my life is one of the many great tools I use to add to my resolve, it gives me the ability to find the courage to move forward.

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