In recent years, psychologists have come up with a term to describe this mental trait: grit. Although the idea itself isn’t new — “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration,” Thomas Edison famously remarked — the researchers are quick to point out that grit isn’t simply about the willingness to work hard. Instead, it’s about setting a specific long-term goal and doing whatever it takes until the goal has been reached. It’s always much easier to give up, but people with grit can keep going.
The hope among scientists is that a better understanding of grit will allow educators to teach the skill in schools and lead to a generation of grittier children. Parents, of course, have a big role to play as well, since there’s evidence that even offhand comments — such as how a child is praised — can significantly influence the manner in which kids respond to challenges. — The Truth About Grit
The article goes on to discuss that while intelligence is important, it isn’t nearly enough — and increasingly the focus is on the personality traits that help people succeed and be happy.
What say you? Can grit be taught in schools?
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