Best-selling author Angela Duckworth says that to achieve success, you not only need talent but also to persevere in something you’re passionate about.
It’s a theory she espouses in her book, “Grit”, which hit the top of the New York Times best-seller list in 2016.
“I think any teacher will tell you that the ability to persist, the ability to stay with something and not give up on it, is one of the things that all kids need to learn,” Duckworth said in an interview with Cheddar, “no matter rich or poor.”
Duckworth, a MacArthur “Genius” grant winner and a TED Talk speaker in 2013, said this mindset is learnable. She believes being a model citizen is one way to pass the skill on to others.
“If you’re a CEO or if you’re a mom, the way that you carry yourself, the way you talk to people, the way that you react to failure, these are things that are going to be modeled by the people who are following you,” she said, “including your children.”