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What to Make of Stephen Curry, the NBA's Unanimous and Gritty MVP

Anindya Kundu | Posted 05.11.2016 | Sports
Anindya Kundu

Our obsession with Steph Curry is fitting. But for those of us interested in leveling opportunities, particularly for youth, we must also look beyond individual narratives and look to raise collective responsibilities.

Creative Work: Teaching and Learning

Katherine Meeks | Posted 04.27.2016 | Education
Katherine Meeks

Optimism. Grit. Perseverance. Mindset. Volumes of educational rhetoric revolve around these ideas. Sure, I intentionally spend time teaching my visual...

The Bridge From Judgment to Nurturance: Considering the Pope's Message

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Recently, Pope Francis surprised much of the world by advising that the Catholic Church nurture rather than judge single parents, gay people and unma...

Solving America's Crisis of Academic Motivation

Kent Pekel | Posted 04.08.2016 | Education
Kent Pekel

This new emphasis on student motivation is a very good thing. It is helping reduce the fever that gripped the country during the worst days of the standardized testing movement, when we deluded ourselves into thinking that if we just raised academic standards, America's most struggling students would respond with the increased effort required to meet them.

Sick of Grit? Put the GRR Back in it!

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 04.04.2016 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

I hope we'll soon move beyond the test-my-grit debates, beyond the focus on grit in schools, period. Sometimes it all sounds rather circular and un...

Education Reform: Unspeakable Acts, Unnatural Practices

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.27.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

Unspeakable Acts, Unnatural Practices. This title of Frank Smith's marvelous book debunking "scientific" approaches to reading is a good summary of ...

Do Torture, Shunning, Shaming and Humiliation Build Character?

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

KIPP Schools, Success Academies, Democracy Prep and any number of other "no excuses" schools are not developing true grit and resilience other than the numb grit required to endure humiliation and the resilience necessary to get up and go to school every day.

Do You Have the Grit to Create Lasting Success?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 11.30.2014 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

When it comes to the goals you most want to achieve in your career, do you have the passion and perseverance to create the kind of success you're long...

Advice to College Graduates: Seek Out Mentors Who Will Tell You About Their Mistakes

Jessica Bacal | Posted 08.03.2014 | Women
Jessica Bacal

You're probably aware of the hand-wringing about young women and perfectionism. But you haven't heard enough about how the ability to persevere after making a mistake will be a key factor in forging the link between your triumphs at college and your future success at work.

Entrepreneurship Can Start in College: Here's How It's Done

Carol J. Carter | Posted 04.28.2014 | College
Carol J. Carter

Having an entrepreneurial spirit can be useful in creating jobs, but it's also a skill set that is valuable to many of today's employers.

6 Ways for Parents to Teach Kids About Grit

Jessica Smock | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Jessica Smock

Can "grit" be taught? Can tenacity and self-discipline be part of the curriculum? How can parents instill these "character"-based qualities in their children?

WATCH: 6 Insanely Popular TED Talks To Make 2014 The Best Year Of Your Life

TEDTalks | Posted 03.05.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

insanely popular ted talksTo kick off the New Year, TEDWeekends is proud to present a compilation of six insanely popular TED Talks from our 2013 programming. These talks inspired a tremendous amount of engagement from our community last year, and each one provides valuable insight that will help you get the most out of life in 2014.

Visionary Grit

Miles Kimball | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Miles Kimball

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGrit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. But that is not enough. Grit also comes from having a vision, a dream, a picture in the mind's eye.

Self-Control and Success

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

If you were lucky enough to be born with a high level of self-control as a child, that bodes well for you in the future. But what if you are a "one-marshmallow person," prone to give in to short-term temptations?

Renee Jain: Teaching Children the Third Metric of Success

Renee Jain | Posted 08.20.2013 | Parents
Renee Jain

Perseverance and passion matter at least as much, if not more, than other cognitive qualities. As I see it, grit is a tool that levels the playing field.

How Children Succeed

Susan Sawyers | Posted 11.09.2012 | Education
Susan Sawyers

What do you think? Do you and/or your children have what it takes to succeed?

Why Passion Is a Gift

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Scott Barry Kaufman

Why don't we view passion and interest as gifts?