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Angela Duckworth

American,  Psychologist
Total Quotes : 71
Grit Small Big

At various points, in big ways and small, we get knocked down. If we stay down, grit loses. If we get up, grit prevails.

- Angela Duckworth

Boredom Self-Conscious

Boredom is a very self-conscious emotion by definition. Interest is not. So you can actually be completely absorbed in something and, at certain points in your development, not even realize that you're into it.

- Angela Duckworth

Goal Gritty Set

Gritty people train at the edge of their comfort zone. They zero in on one narrow aspect of their performance and set a stretch goal to improve it.

- Angela Duckworth

Same Related Same Thing

Grit and self-control are related, but they're not the same thing.

- Angela Duckworth

Humble Wanting Telling

I do feel it's hard to be modest and humble and egoless when people are telling you you are so great and wanting to give you prizes and energy. I'm trying hard not to be an awful, narcissistic human being.

- Angela Duckworth

Eggs Basket Extent

Grit may carry risk because it's about putting all your eggs in one basket, to some extent.

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Expert Stamina Very

Grit, in a word, is stamina. But it's not just stamina in your effort. It's also stamina in your direction, stamina in your interests. If you are working on different things but all of them very hard, you're not really going to get anywhere. You'll never become an expert.

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Grit More Likely

Grittier students are more likely to earn their diplomas; grittier teachers are more effective in the classroom. Grittier soldiers are more likely to complete their training, and grittier salespeople are more likely to keep their jobs. The more challenging the domain, the more grit seems to matter.

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Signature Fact Pretending

Being gritty doesn't mean not showing pain or pretending everything is O.K. In fact, when you look at healthy and successful and giving people, they are extraordinarily meta-cognitive. They're able to say things like, 'Dude, I totally lost my temper this morning.' That ability to reflect on yourself is signature to grit.

- Angela Duckworth

Genes About Them

I don't spend a lot of time thinking about my genes because I can't do anything about them.

- Angela Duckworth

Knees Eyesight Principle

As our knees and hips and eyesight deteriorate, we become more dependable, less impulsive, kinder, and less moody. Psychologists call this the maturity principle. My own life experience fits this principle to a T.

- Angela Duckworth

How Mattered How Much

Everybody knows that effort matters. What was revelatory to me was how much it mattered.

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Believe Choose Reason

I believe kids should choose what they want to do, because it's their life, but they have to choose something, and they can't quit in the middle unless there's a really good reason. There are going to be peaks and valleys. You don't want to let kids quit during a valley.

- Angela Duckworth

Away Around Gravitate

Childhood is generally far too early to know what we want to be when we grow up. Longitudinal studies following thousands of people across time have shown that most people only begin to gravitate toward certain vocational interests, and away from others, around middle school.

- Angela Duckworth

Living Marathon Like

Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint.

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Data Average Discovered

I now have Grit Scale scores from thousands of American adults. My data provide a snapshot of grit across adulthood. And I've discovered a strikingly consistent pattern: grit and age go hand in hand. Sixty-somethings tend to be grittier, on average, than fifty-somethings, who are in turn grittier than forty-somethings, and so on.

- Angela Duckworth

Emotions Discover Always

We have found a direct correlation between grit and positive emotions, but the fact that I have no evidence that grit is bad for you doesn't mean it's not. It's always a possibility that in the future researchers will discover a downside to grit.

- Angela Duckworth

Doing Three About

I know a lot of CEOs who are looking for three- to four-year varsity athletes - not necessarily because these people are going to be doing pushups or spiking volleyballs in the workplace, but because they're looking for that continuity, that person who was gritty about something.

- Angela Duckworth

Grit Would Ended

I would be surprised if my girls ended up as women without grit. I really would.

- Angela Duckworth

Memory Lifelong Least

Many, many individuals will report starting to form their lifelong interests around adolescence. Why that is, researchers don't fully know. But if you can take a trip down memory lane and see what interested you, that's at least a clue as to where your interest may begin to develop.

- Angela Duckworth