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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 13 2013: Grit is a fine grade abrasive. Over time it polishes down the rough edges of life that can slice or stab or poke. It is why chickens eat it, they do not have teeth. It is why people without grit are sprinters in life. They lack the ability to wear down and smooth out what is sharp and painful.

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