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Grit

WATCH: Got Grit?

Brad Yates | Posted 03.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

It's been suggested by some researchers that the single most important character trait for achieving success is grit. I hope this will help you culti...

Patience Is a Waste of Time

Joe De Sena | Posted 02.25.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

The key is the thought process behind the decision, as well as intent. Inactive patience is laziness. Patience with a plan, coupled with perseverance is a commanding weapon to hold in your utility belt.

Double Sixes: What Backgammon and My Daughter Taught Me About How to Lighten Up

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Ann V. Klotz

I learned that doubles can change everything; when they come, a quiet surge of power elevates she who rolls them. I learned to remember to pick up my dice, to play every game until it was over, and always, always to play the best out of three.

Why You Can't Fix Your Pre-Teen's Social Angst

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 01.30.2015 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

Middle school is a treacherous time for kids, but I didn't anticipate how tough it would be for a parent. I didn't expect to relive that time again so painfully as a mother, nor did I anticipate that the parental remove can bring not only perspective, but also extra heartache.

Today's Business Power Couple: Social Good and Social Media

Sandy Abrams | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

The best way for a business to stand out in a crowded space is to be seen as a valuable part of the community. In Newport Beach, California where there are many health and fitness options, one business doing it right with both social good and social media is GRIT Cycle.

I Can't Put My Kids in a Bubble?

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

It's that time of year again -- everyone is chasing their kids around with hand sanitizer and Elderberry syrup. The runny noses and trails of Kleenex scattered around my house remind me of my son's first cold. He was 10 months old when he broke his seal of perfect health. I was devastated.

How to Make a Dream Come True

Isa Adney | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Isa Adney

Making a dream come true is a long, laborious process. It requires incredible patience and resilience. Choose a dream for which the work is something you can see yourself getting up for every morning, because to make a dream come true you'll have to be willing to work harder and more strategically and with more focus, discipline, and dedication than anyone else.

7 Things Resilient Employees Do Differently

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

The economy, the way people want to live and work, and a whole host of other factors are changing the way work gets done. Some companies are adapting right along with the changes, but many are having difficulties.

Make 2015 the Year You Become More Resilient

Kare Anderson | Posted 03.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kare Anderson

Helicopter parenting and micro-managing leadership both move us towards learned helplessness and away from resilience. Truly caring for others means w...

Missteps in Resiliency (And Why They Might Be Good for You)

Rachel Verlik | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Verlik

I'm starting to realize this is in iterative process -- there is no finish line or end game. I'm adjusting my resiliency journey to be more focused on awareness and forgiveness of missteps, because that is where the true resiliency shows up.

Grit: Your Secret Success Strategy

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Grit is having both the passion and the perseverance to achieve a goal, and grit often predicts who achieves the highest levels of success in school and at work.

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...

The 4 Questions Parents Should Ask Before Helping a Child

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

As the school year progresses, many parents want to know how they can help their child learn. We asked teachers and educators, "What are the two traits parents should focus on to assist children this school year?"

5 Ways to Stop Loathing Your Job

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

With two out of every three people reporting they're actively disengaged in their jobs it's clear many of us are functioning, but not flourishing at work.

The Value of Grit, Trust and Not Putting Things Off

Dave Gill | Posted 11.23.2014 | Good News
Dave Gill

I believe that at some time or another, we should all go on our own personal journey. Something that seems intimidating but that we know will enable us to grow.

Are College Diplomas Determined by Parenting Style?

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

By demanding obedience, without rules in place, children may not acquire a healthy level of confidence in their decision-making abilities. Furthermore, they develop no emotional attachment to their goals, making it unlikely that they will persist when faced with obstacles.

Putting the Brakes on Adolescent Impulse: The Age of Opportunity

Linda Flanagan | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Linda Flanagan

Adolescence begins with puberty and ends, ambiguously, with the makings of adult independence: marriage, financial self-sufficiency, employment.

The Days When It's Most Important To Keep Going

Amanda Dai | Posted 10.26.2014 | Teen
Amanda Dai

I realized I didn't just improve my skills as a gymnast. After today, I grew as a person. Because on days like these, if you can push yourself one step further, that's when you get immeasurably stronger.

A Basic Flaw in the Argument Against Affirmative Action

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Think of how different the school years of all kids -- rich and poor -- would be if education were aligned with life, instead of tailored to the needs of Princeton statisticians. We might begin to make progress after decades of failed education reform,.

Vulnerable Young Women Already Have Grit--They Need the Chance to Lead

Courtney Macavinta | Posted 08.30.2014 | Education
Courtney Macavinta

Some people say youth today need more grit or gumption. Some do. But the truth for those of us like me who've survived being traumatized by violence...

The Teacher Called My Son a Dream Student, But I Refuse to Call Him Smart

Clint Edwards | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Clint Edwards

Being labeled smart has a lot of drawbacks. It places a person on a pedestal, and if they take risks, they might fail, and lose the their smart status. Plus, when someone is gifted, they shouldn't have to work hard... right? Stupid people have to put effort into something. Or at least that is what's commonly understood.

Wisdom From an Eighth-Grader in Saudi Arabia

Carol J. Carter | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Carol J. Carter

At a time when students are commonly awarded for taking AP classes, getting a 4.0, and getting high scores on standardized tests, eighth-grader Karen Grace was awarded for her strength of character.

What's Wrong With Grit?

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2014 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Are students who demonstrate high levels of grit --particularly when pressured by parents and teachers -- dealing with their emotions in a positive or negative way?

Do You Have Grit?

Darlene Mininni, PhD, MPH | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Darlene Mininni, PhD, MPH

Have you ever wanted to give up on something that you really, really wanted because it was just too darn hard to keep trying? You can't run one more step, write one more word, endure one more dead end? Join the club.

Passion, Perseverance and Our Expanding Definition of Success

Robert 'Reb' Rebele | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert 'Reb' Rebele

If you have a clearly identified passion that already fits well with the rest of your life, grit seems likely to work in your favor. For the rest of us, though, the answer is less clear. We may first need to spend some time understanding our own definition of success.