Never give up …

Never give up! It’s more than just a platitude. In her extensive research, psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth found that more than IQ or talent or any other factor, the #1 predictor of a person’s success is their unflagging commitment to a long-term goal… in other words, their grit. This is not only true in education as Angela very nicely explains here – but certainly also in sport. Could it be that it is not necessarily technical and tactical ‘talent’ to develop ability and skill that determines who will be the football-player of the future – but that it is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals? Angela Lee Duckworth thinks so and to find out why… watch this TED-talk – and after read on here where Kenneth Barish presents a different view and explains how we can help our children become ‘grittier’.

https://embed-ssl.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance.html

Gert-Jan Pepping is a consultant, researcher, and senior lecturer in Psychology of Human Movement and Sport at the School of Exercise Sciences of ACU, Brisbane.

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