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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

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

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.

- Angela Duckworth

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

Same Related Same Thing

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

- Angela Duckworth

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.

- 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

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

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

How Mattered How Much

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

- Angela Duckworth

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

Living Marathon Like

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

- Angela Duckworth

Effort Your Aptitude

Nobody gets to be good at something without effort, no matter what your aptitude is.

- Angela Duckworth

Eggs Basket Extent

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

- 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

Expert Limitation Standard

I think that is just a limitation of any questionnaire - that we apply a frame of reference or standard. It's a well-known finding in psychology that when people are total beginners at a skill, they tend to overrate their skill level. They don't know what they don't know. The more expert you are, the more critical you become.

- Angela Duckworth

Study Note Adequate

I'm not a policy oriented person. I'm constrained to what I study. But educational policy has not yet taken adequate note of the whole child. Kids are not just their IQ or standardized test scores. It matters whether or not they show up, how hard they work.

- Angela Duckworth

Lunch Year Available

I was a good novice teacher, but I did the things that were obvious. I stayed for lunch for extra tutoring, gave kids my cell phone, and was available. In my first year of teaching, I ended up doubling the math time that a conventional school would have. But I don't think any of these things were path-breaking or unusual.

- Angela Duckworth