Grit: The Essential Ingredient

Conventional leadership literature is obsessed with talent. Author Angela Duckworth argues such fascination is misplaced.

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When someone is successful, our first inclination is to chalk it up to luck or talent. Bestselling author Angela Duckworth says that is a mistake. Her fascinating research on over-achievers has found that grittiness is a much better predictor of success–how even less talented individuals will often rise to the top than their stellar peers if they have more grit.

I had the opportunity to interview Duckworth for Live Talks LA. The conversation was full of fascinating insights and information about the world of the gritty.


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