How gritty are you?

Episode 16 of Part 1 of our Introduction series: Setting the stage for success.

Habits:  Growth Mindset | Self-control

Skills:  Persistence | Goals

Description:  This episode introduces the concept of grit, as researched and defined by Angela Duckworth. We outline what grit is, and how it can help you to enjoy greater success in anything you're striving to achieve. We compare three approaches to achieving an example goal, and ask, how gritty are you?

How this lesson might be discussed with your child

This episode explains the concept of Grit as defined by Angela Duckworth, and outlines the key benefits of having a more perseverance and passion for long-term goals, or more grit!

Prompts for discussion include:

  • Do you believe that having 'grit' can lead to greater success? Why/Why not?

  • Do you believe that 'grit' can be learned, and that you can increase your 'grit'? Why/Why not?

  • Can you think of an occasion or area of your life where you've been particularly gritty?

  • Do you think that other skills or characteristics also lead to success?

  • How do those skills and characteristics relate to having 'grit'?

  • What do you think 'grit' has in common with the 10,000 hour rule, perfect practice, setting goals or seeking support to help you achieve?

  • Why do you think passion is such a critical part of the definition for 'grit'?

  • Who do you know that is particularly gritty?

  • What is it about them that makes you think they're a gritty person?

Some specific discussion points

Discussion of any literary works, historical figures, or current events featuring prominent individuals offers an opportunity to discuss individuals who have demonstrated long-term passion and perseverance for their goals. 

Some possible questions may include:

  • Thinking of someone who you believe to be very successful, do you think that they are a particularly gritty person? Why/Why not?

  • Are there any fields or areas of expertise where 'grit' wouldn't be valuable?

  • How do you think people become gritty?

  • What do you think you could do to have more 'grit'?

  • If the key to 'grit' is not giving up, what barriers do you think might get in your way and cause you to want to give up?

  • What could you do to help you get past these barriers?

Discussing the quote from this episode:

"Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them." — Vaibhav Shah

Possible areas of discussion may include:

  • Do you agree with this statement? Why/Why not?

  • What effect do you think not seeing the 'private sacrifices to reach them' has on our beliefs about success?

  • Do you think it would be easier to achieve success if we saw more of what it took to achieve it?

  • Why do you think we focus only the public glories rather than the effort to achieve?

  • How could you discover more about the work and effort that a successful person has done in order to achieve?

Further information on this topic

If you'd like to dive a bit deeper on this topic, you might be interested in watching:


Angela Duckworth – Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.


Or you might like to read:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.
by Angela Duckworth, 2016.