Angela Lee resigned from her job as a maths teacher to study what makes a person most successful?
As the high performers in her class are not the students who score good marks. She became a psychologist to study the behavior of students and adults in every situation.
She visited, experimented, and researched the military academy, National Bee spelling championship, high paying salesman in private firms.
After all these studies, the one characteristic that emerged as a significant predictor of Success is not social intelligence, physical appearance, and IQ.
The best predictor of success is the “GRIT factor”.
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What is GRIT factor?
GRIT is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. It is the stamina not for a week, not for a month but for years, and work very hard to make that future reality. GRIT is living life like a Marathon and not like a Sprint.
Talent doesn’t make us Gritty. There are so many talented individuals who do not follow through on their commitments.
GRIT is not related/inversely related to the measure of talent.
Some ideas to grow GRIT are-
The ability to learn is not fixed. It can be changed with your efforts. We are stuck with a system that bounds us every time. To change the system there is a need to change the mindset of the people.
People underestimate themselves by the fact that their brain is not that competent as compare to others but they didn’t know that only a positive change towards their passion will make an intent in their mind.
The difference between a positive mindset and a negative mindset is “Intent”.
One such example is Elon Musk who learned Rocket Science just by reading books and started the first private spacecraft company. This may change the perception that rocket science can only be done with a degree.
No one can even imagine a tea seller as the most successful and revolutionary Prime minister of India.
Break the boundaries that constraint you to focus only on studying facts that are not even related to your passion. Don’t follow the same routine as others, set goals according to your passion. Now let’s talk about passion and its obsession-
2.Passion and Obsession
- Talent*Efforts= Skills and if we multiply skills again by efforts then,
- Skills*Efforts= Achievements
The author also said that we have to count efforts as 2 and talent and skills as 1. These things are well researched so don’t make excuses to yourself and start putting efforts into long-term success.
There must be an approach that “Whatever it takes I want to Improve.”
The American most successful Olympian(28 medals), Michael Phelps. He is known as the most decorated Olympian in the world. He declared earlier that he will break the world record and won all 8 gold medals in swimming in the Olympics. For that, he practiced 12 hours a day. He even practiced with his broken arm. This is the power of passion and perseverance. He converted his efforts into skills and then skills into achievements.