Wisdom from a MacArthur Genius: Psychologist Angela Duckworth on Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success

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“Character is at least as important as intellect.”

“The problem, I think, is not only the schools but also the students themselves. Here’s why: learning is hard. True, learning is fun, exhilarating and gratifying — but it is also often daunting, exhausting and sometimes discouraging. . . . To help chronically low-performing but intelligent students, educators and parents must first recognize that character is at least as important as intellect.”

To my mind, ‘purpose’ also describes the necessary attribute or quality….as this research looks at motivation, volition, grit, and self control.  

See entire essay:

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/09/26/angela-duckworth-grit/

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