What does it mean to you? Maybe you tapped into your grit to pass your college physics course. Or possibly to look for a new job or train for a race. Grit is a powerful soft skill that could stand between you and success in any area of your life, personal, academic, or professional.
At LifeBound we often talk about grit in our Academic Coaching Training and books for teens. We ask coaches to work with their students to help them tap into their intrinsic motivation, dig deep to see the power they have over their lives, and discover their grit. We also encourage educators and parents to use the power of grit in their own lives.
As people continue hunting for jobs, high school and college graduation rates dip, and new grads try to crawl out of debt, grit has become a popular trait in the post-recession American. The following are a few articles that can help the student, grad, or professional see the value of grit today:
- Back to School: Why Grit Is More Important Than Good Grades — Letting your kids struggle academically may the best way to help them succeed, by Paul Tough.
- How Important Is Grit in Student Achievement? — When it comes to high achievement, grit may be as essential as intelligence, by Emily Hanford.
- Getting Grit — How educators can find grit in their own lives, by Kim Gilmer.
- Young College Grads Create Opportunity in a Challenging Economy — Stories of young college grads entering the world of work, by Carol Carter.
How do you define grit? How do you live with grit? Share your examples and rules to live with grit.