In Angela Duckworth’s book, “Grit” she talks about the predictors of success. Surprisingly, it is not intelligence or IQ. The key predictor of success is “Grit”. She defines Grit as passion and persistence for long term goals. Grit is having stamina, sticking to your future, day in and day out, for years at a time. It is working really hard to make your dreams a reality. Grit is a marathon not a sprint.
As we prepare to send our kids off to college, remind them that their success is not based on how smart they are but how much grit they have. There is no substitute for hard work.
I found her 6 minute Ted Talk very empowering. Enjoy! https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance/transcript#t-131591