GRIT: Traits that Matter for School, Work and Life

GRIT: Traits that Matter for School, Work and Life


Grit is a combination of character traits, such as self-control, passion and perseverance. Many modern psychologists, educators and parents now believe it’s more important for success in life than good grades at school or an outstanding intelligence. At a Stanford experiment in the late 1960s psychologist Walter Mischel put kids in front of one tasty marshmallow. The 4 year old children were then promised another one if they had enough willpower not eat the one in front of them. Then they were left alone for 15 minutes. Some kids hid below the table. Those who were able to delay their gratification, got a second treat and many years later became more accomplished adults. They were more healthy, had higher test scores at school and were socially more competent. Professor Mischel and the marshmallow test became famous. Angela Duckwort, a popular psychologists, later invented the so-called Grit-Scale, a questionnaire to predict success. One question: Do I finish what I began? She then interviewed gifted business woman, accomplished scientists and other successful people. She found out that self-control, passion, and perseverance were better indicators for success than a high IQ score or fine genes. Let’s examine the reasons behind this. Passion leads us to pursue careers that we love. Once we love something, we work hard to succeed and as a result can reach excellence Self-control allows us to wait even if something looks very attractive. This is important because one day, a better option might present itself. And perseverance means we keep fighting despite obstacles. It’s essential to complete projects that then grow our self-confidence through social recognition. The most gifted minds can’t even start, if they lack passion and inspiration. One way to develop grit is to realize that we can eliminate our weaknesses with practice. We can learn a new thing by practicing long enough to see actual progress. But we can also study the lives of our role models. Then we understand that football stars train every day and receive constant feedback from professional coaches to develop specific skills. Once we internalize that we can improve our skills, we might realize that we can also practice willpower. For example, to change to a vegetarian diet is hard. But if you start small and try to cut out beef every Sunday, you might soon realize that you can also skip chicken during the week. And when that happens, you learn that you can grow will-power like any other muscle in your body. Then anything is possible, even to become a vegetarian When we realize that our brain is like any other muscle that grows with training, then willpower and self-control are just a matter of practice. And once we practice something long enough, it can become a habit or even our passion. Some 2,000 years ago Aristotle supposedly wrote: “We are what we repeatedly do.” “Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Maybe he was right. What do you think about Grit? If you like our videos and want to support our channel, visit us at Patreon.com/Sprouts and see If you want to donate just one dollar with your support, we plan to create many more Minute Videos about learning and education.

35 thoughts on “GRIT: Traits that Matter for School, Work and Life

  1. I absolutely agree.
    It took me 20 years to learn that lesson. As a child I was told by teachers and parents that I was a very bright kid and things would just work out for me, because stuff like math and learning new vocab came easy to me. As if that was the only thing that mattered…
    Nobody bothered to teach me how to practice hard for the things that don't come easy.
    Eventually I've learned my lessons on my own, after failing many times, especially socially. And I'm doing fine now.
    Still I wonder where I would be now if I had a real mentor as a child that taught me what you just said.

  2. 1. I got a dig bick
    2. You that read wrong
    3. You read that wrong too
    4. You checked
    5. You smiled
    7. You are wondering why you're still this reading this
    8. You saw that mistake… right? (On 7)
    10. But did you see that I skipped 6?
    10. You checked
    11. And saw you that I doubled 10 and skipped 9
    12. I said saw you, not you saw
    13. I also skipped 2
    14. You got tricked

  3. In my childhood days, I learnt that you need to be smart as if that's all that matters. Thanks to that I developed a fixed mindset. Now I'm slowly learning to make a permanent switch to growth mindset. Grit is important but you can't build it in a day. I hope I have enough patience to change my life around. Thanks a lot for these videos 👍

  4. your videos are best 👌👌
    I have subscribed when u were at 20k.Slow pace but I know this channel will flourish at an extremely higher speed very soon.😀☺🙂😊

  5. so if we practise something everyday it will become our passion? and what about he the passions that we had?

  6. Hey sprouts I have been watching your videos for a while now it really us helpful.Anyway my exams are a week away but the thing is when I study I study the given topic well and most of the time do great in my school but one thing I hate is procrastination I procrastinate so much it affects my results in school and also the exams but it isn't all bad I Still got good grades but lower than my potential can you maybe make a video on procrastination or a way to stop procrastinating and start to study 🙂

  7. This is a fabulous video guys. It's crisp, ok he point, entertaining, educational and highly practical. I appreciate the amount of hard work you put into each video, thank you for sharing your passionate work. You got great Grit too 😉

  8. I just want you to know, that I absolutely love and learn so much from your videos! not only does the visuals help and enlighten the experience from watching, but as well as what's told from the narrator and the subject we're learning about! Thank you so much for driving this channel!!

  9. "A meta-analytic synthesis of prior empirical research on grit by Crede, Tynan, and Harms [http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&uid=2016-29674-001] summarized data from 88 independent samples and over 66,000 individuals and found that grit is only weakly related to success and almost identical to the personality trait known as conscientiousness. Crede et al. conclude that the contribution of grit to the prediction of success is very limited. Crede et al., also noted that the combination of passion and perseverance into an overall grit construct could not be justified." – wikipedia

  10. These videos are truly inspiring..but it will be very helpful if you consider making some videos on self transformation and improving concentration..

  11. I disagree, it's genetrics.  i have had a longer term successful career 20+ years being self employed, yet applied for a 'job' at an airline and got hired. In training, while in class – got release because i wasn't 'book smart' due to my adhd.  my 'false' pride wont have me re-apply in 6 months as the results in my mind will be the same as i gave it 100% and have no interest now being rejected a 2nd time. thanks though.  they would rather keep young people at the airlines, then a 39 year old who will stay for the rest of their life.

  12. the marshmallow test is unintelligent as it assumes all else is equal . think for a moment and you will see that some kids get stuff when they take it (from parents) others get stuff when they are given ….. look I cant be bothered to go into all the varients suffice to say the test is plain unintelligent .

  13. This used to be just simple common sense. How far our fat and lazy society has degenerated, that simple discipline is now considered a novel idea once repackaged as "grit"!

  14. The greatest glory of life is not to never have fallen down but to always get up every time I fall. The greater the challenge the greater the glory.

  15. I am a child and i believe that another way that you could practice grit by taking a cold shower not just having a hot or hot then 30 sec at the end of hot but that could get you started.but i don't know i am just trying to gather some grit to myself started because at age 10 you aren't far in life and need to learn a lot still

  16. but i have relized it matters so far in life so i need to work at that because it also means putting yourself out of your comfort zone

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