“Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.” - Dr Angela Duckworth, psychologist and authority on grit

Grit is the #1 predictor of academic success, out predicting intelligence and conscientiousness.1,2 Based on the breakthrough research of Dr Angela Duckworth, grit is described as the combination of passion and perseverance. And here’s the exciting part - your students can grow their grit.

Resilience may be the latest buzzword in education but this seminar covers much more. We break down for your students exactly what grit is, why it is significant and, most importantly, how they can develop it. We delve into and simplify the four characteristics gritty individuals possess: interest, practice, purpose and hope.

We teach your students how effort is more important than IQ; ways to find a calling in life; the impact of negative self-talk on self-belief; how to be optimistic; how to use deliberate practice to improve at studies; using obstacles and setbacks as fuel for growth. We then make the concept of grit relatable by using case studies of some great paragons of grit and give examples of extraordinary resilience.

Grit (45 min-1 hour)

In this seminar your students will learn:

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    What grit is and why it is important.

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    How to develop grit.

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    Why effort is twice as important as IQ in achievement.

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    How to improve in their education using the principles of deliberate practice.

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    The importance of embracing challenges and focusing on weaknesses in developing ability.

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    The importance of persistence and not giving up in success.

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    How to find a passion and purpose in life.

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    How to be optimistic and challenge negative self-talk.

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    Examples of gritty individuals.


1. Angela L. Duckworth, Christopher Peterson, Michael D. Matthews, and Dennis R. Kelly, “Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long-term Goals,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 92 (2007): 1087–1101.

2. Kennon M. Sheldon, Paul E. Jose, Todd B. Kashdan, and Aaron Jarden, “Personality, Effective Goal-Striving, and Enhanced Well-Being: Comparing 10 Candidate Personality Strengths,” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 1 (2015), 1–11