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For Success, "Grit" Is More Important Than IQ

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For success, look to EQ more than IQ.


Through her research at the University of Pennsylvania — and firsthand experience teaching in New York City's public schools —psychologist Angela Duckworth has found that the ability to withstand stress and move past failures to achieve a goal is the best indicator of future success.

"What struck me was that IQ was not the only difference between my best and my worst students," she shared in her recent TED talk. "Some of my strongest performers did not have stratospheric IQ scores. Some of my smartest kids weren't doing so well."

Daniel Goleman, author of the seminal book, Emotional Intelligence, talked about the concept of emotional intelligence vs. IQ in a recent post as well:

The good news: "if you didn’t master in earlier life the emotional intelligence abilities you need for your job, it’s never too late."

Angela Duckworth's TED Talk on The Key to Success:


But why do some people have grit and others don't? That's where science needs to fill in the gaps.

"What I do know is that talent doesn't make you gritty," Duckworth said in her TED talk. "Our data show very clearly that there are many talented individuals who simply do not follow through on their commitments. In fact, in our data, grit is usually unrelated or even inversely related to measures of talent."

One way to instill it, she says, it to help people understand that learning and ability isn't fixed. And that there's life after failure.

More on grit and perseverance in my Grit stash:

Awesome stuff. I love uncle Bruce's quote: "Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one." (By the way, that's a figurative uncle.)

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