In her New York Times best-selling book, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” psychologist Angela Duckworth argued that “grit” — a combination of passion and perseverance — is a key predictor of success. After interviewing dozens of high achievers, from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Duckworth determined that they all shared the skill of focusing on one thing. And if you don’t know exactly what you’re excited about, Duckworth says summer is the perfect season to “foster” a passion. So, how do you get started? Duckworth suggests following the “hard thing rule” she imposes on her two daughters. The author told CBS News, “They have to do a hard thing. They have to do something that takes practice and try to get better, to fail, and to get some feedback on that failure and to learn.” Duckworth explained, “Over the summer they will continue to do something that takes practice and they have to finish it.” That’s what develops grit, even if you don’t naturally have a lot of it.
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