|Are there other roads to success?|
Grit is defined as perseverance and commitment to long-term goals.
A Univ of Pennsylvania researcher named Angela Duckworth first studied grit--but Crede says grit is really no different than conscientiousness. Crede calls it a repackaging of conscientiousness.
The most well-known grit study was of West Point cadets. Those with above average grit scores were said to be 99% more likely to complete training than cadets with average grit.
Crede says this is a misinterpretation--that should be 3% not 99%.
But it has led to the encouragement of grit, the teaching of grit, even at the Dept of Education level.
Grit is easy to understand, Crede says--think of someone who gives up easily compared with someone who sticks with it even if it's hard--it makes sense the first one would succeed more often.
But this isn't true. Nobody, Crede says, wants to think life is made up of many factors that add up--your education, how hard you work, your conscientiousness, your creativity.
Adjustment, study habits, test anxiety, class attendance--all are more strongly related to performance than grit.
Well, durn, Pilgrim. (Like my John Wayne?)