Angela Duckworth’s book Grit is probably on many reading lists for educators during this summer break. Grit – and many of the Social-Emotional Learning attributes we strive to cultivate in our students – is a major initiative in our school district. Research is clear; the social-emotional strengths of our students are a greater indicator of success than simple academic measures of preparedness.
Duckworth highlights 4 Psychological Assets of Grit . . . I find these fascinating to consider in my own life, leadership attributes, and goal development. Yes, I have modified them a little, but how do you fair in these attributes of your personal and professional life.
- Interest ~ Do you enjoy what you do?
- Practice ~ Do you have the daily discipline to do it better each day?
- Purpose ~ Do you have the conviction that your work matters?
- Hope ~ Do you know you will rise to the occasion? Can you overcome failures?
As you have time to reflect and prepare for the next school year, or even the next day, do you have the required assets to have GRIT in your work? In your life?
As Duckworth shares, these are not “either you have it or you don’t” commodities. You can learn and develop these assets with intentional behavior and known outcomes. It is entirely up to you.