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You Can Measure GRIT

December 4, 2017

by Robert Stevenson

The psychological definition of GRIT is a positive non-cognitive trait that involves perseverance of effort to accomplish a long-term goal no matter what obstacles or adversities, lay within a “gritty” individual’s path. It turns out you can measure GRIT.

Angela Duckworth, a University of Pennsylvania researcher measured the influence of GRIT on twelve hundred first-year West Point cadets.

The test, which took about two minutes to complete, was uncannily accurate predicting, whether or not, a cadet succeeded. Her test far exceeded West Point’s complex set of predictive criteria, including IQ, psychological test results, grade-point averages, and physical fitness. Her GRIT test has since been used to predict success in schools, business and a variety of other settings.

Ms. Duckworth’s research (along with many others in her field of study) has confirmed that "GRIT is essential to high achievement.” In simple terms … successful people have a lot of GRIT. The great thing about GRIT is it isn’t inborn. It can be developed like a muscle, so you can teach people they can overcome adversity if they have:

  • Clear goals
  • Determination despite others’ doubts
  • Self-confidence about figuring things out
  • Understanding that things don’t come easy
  • Persistence despite fear
  • Patience to handle the small stuff
  • Flexibility in the face of roadblocks
  • Loyalty
  • Inner strength to reach your goals
  • Optimism
  • Conscientiousness
  • Tenacity
  • Initiative

If you have these … then you have TRUE GRIT.

"Your only true security in life
is your ability to perform."

About the Author

Robert Stevenson is an expert at building a high-performance business culture, improving efficiency, and accelerating growth. He is one of the most widely sought-after speakers in the world today, as well as a best-selling author. He has owned five companies, sold internationally in over 20 countries. Robert has spoken to over 2,500 companies throughout the world and his research in the area of corporate and entrepreneurial success is extensive. Over 2 million people have benefitted from his powerful, practical, and thought-provoking programs. He is a true master at blending facts, inspiration, conviction, and humor into all his programs.

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