Got Grit?

imgres-1I was talking to a woman this week about empowering women.  She asked me if I had ever read Grit by Angela Duckworth.  I had not but then found out she has a killer Ted talk too.   It is all about perseverance and passion.

I’d say most entrepreneurs have grit.  They are focused, determined, never give-up, work hard and don’t easily get discouraged.

I took the test.  Take it and see where you end up.  I wasn’t shocked to see my grit scale was 95% higher than most people.  I got a good chuckle out of that.

Comments (Archived):

  1. William Mougayar

    Ha, ditto for me. 4.7/5.0 @ 95%.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Ha. That’s what I got

  2. Susan Rubinsky

    I got 95% Not surprised though.I’m going to check this book out. In one of my consulting jobs, I work with teens to lead them in developing marketing campaigns. The teens in the group change each year as some move on to college and new ones join. What I’ve noticed is that the kids in this group have grit. The director of the program and I have had discussions about what sets kids apart in this town and we’ve been using the word grit for several years now.Thank you for the post!

    1. Gotham Gal

      It would be interesting to see how those kids rank

      1. Susan Rubinsky

        Definitely! I’m sending a link to your post to the program director.

  3. steve ganis

    I plan to include in my presentation on “alternate fundraising” at next month Fairfield County Connecticut Women’s Conference on Innovation & Entrepreneurship….

    1. Gotham Gal


  4. Erin

    Grit! Lol. I just wrote a blog post this morning on the frustrating use of small words with a ton of complexity behind them. (Although I’m sure she defines it in very well in her book.)

    1. Susan Rubinsky

      Grit, Vast, With (a seriously underrated word).

  5. Jeremy Robinson

    Delighted to read you’re mentioning Angela Duckworth’s work here. You should definitely read her book- same title. Book is extremely well-written and is far more than a sales pitch for being a gritty person, and how, in the final analysis, grit outweighs talent and IQ is determining how successful we are at spelling bees as kids or as employees organizations as adults. Dr Duckworth writes in a very conversational way. She’s quite transparent about some of her own struggles. She goes into rich detail about how to parent in a way that helps your kids develop more grit by teaching them of the need to do at least one or two hard things. Finally, she takes on the subject of how to build grit into organizations, and conversely how organizations and teams which are already gritty can make folks to have high degrees of grit, even grittier. This is by far the best book related to coaching and talent management that I have read this year or the past several years.

    1. Gotham Gal

      that is a rousing review.

      1. Jeremy Robinson

        Her book is way better than what I’ve written. Reason: all the specifics she goes into and the stories she tells in questioning her own assumptions. That entire group of “Positive Psychologists” starting with Marty Seligman’s book “Authentic Happiness’, Barbara Frederickson’s book “Positivity”, Adam Grant’s book “Give and Take” are helping us see people now as the sum total of our capabilities and virtues more than the total of what’s troubled or problematic about us. All this new information is very inspiring!

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  7. lynnerae

    Thanks for this, Joanne–exactly what I needed today. I watched the TED talk, took the quiz (4.70/95%) and downloaded the book to read today. I’ve been working on a project I’m absolutely passionate about for a few years now, but was feeling a tad discouraged — amazing “conceptual” success has come, but not yet financial success, so I’ve found myself wondering how much longer I should stick it out. I having a feeling this will help!