This is my favorite study of 2007. Angela Duckworth and company have explored that which keeps us going in the face of long odds. Call it perseverance, determination, tenacity; they call it grit. I love that word, all full of optimism and spirit. Have you ever wondered why some people seem to succeed without any special advantages? Ever notice that some people just refuse to let the world get them down? So did the authors. Their findings may not surprise you, but they might inspire you – like they inspired me – to keep on truckin’ toward those long-term goals. The Little Engine That Was Smart may have done well on his SATs, but The Little Engine That Could got the job done. More
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