Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Promoting Grit

"Character is created by encountering and overcoming failure."

Annie Murphy Paul, School of Hard Knocks, Review of: How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough, New York Times Book Review, August 23, 2012

This important book and review go on to say that character-building is not just about dealing with failure but with overcoming adversity more generally, the stuff that just happens like getting sick, having bad teachers, or parental divorce. The impact of such adversities is magnified when living in poverty and without available resources to draw upon for picking oneself up. Having grit involves skills but also the confidence that the investment can make a difference. And confidence is built upon practice and the supports needed.

1 comment:

MrIlir said...

Alex Gheg had enough grit to create a new consumer theory after he discovered what was wrong with the standard model. Quantity, quality, variety and convenience in one equation. How about a scale for human thoughts? See it and believe.