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Episode 77: Scott Schimmel on Grit and the Best Predictor of Success

If you got to choose for your kid whether they were intelligent, talented, or resilient, what would you prioritize?

As parents of teenagers, we often find ourselves marveling at our children's talents and abilities. Whether it's their musical prowess, academic achievements, or athletic skills, we can't help but take pride in their innate gifts. However, important research by psychologist Angela Duckworth has shed light on a fascinating concept: grit, not talent, is a better predictor of long-term success.

Talent may be the starting point, but it's grit that keeps the engine running. Grit, as Duckworth defines it, is the combination of passion and perseverance toward long-term goals. While talent might open doors initially, the determination to overcome challenges, setbacks, and failures ultimately propels people to succeed.

Think of it this way: talent might get you in the door, but it's grit that carries you through the journey.

As parents, we play a crucial role in nurturing grit in our teenagers. Here's a simple yet effective way to build resilience and foster grit in our kids:

Tune in to this episode…


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For years we’ve been studying what a young person needs in order to transition into a healthy, thriving adulthood.  

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