Much ado about grit

The Virtue of Hard Things
A study of Ivy League undergraduates showed that the smarter the students were, as measured by SAT scores, the less they persevered.
May 3, 2016
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-virtue-of-hard-things-1462313591

GRIT
The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela Duckworth

John Irving … has severe dyslexia, was a C-minus English student in high school and scored 475 out of 800 on the SAT verbal test.
How, then, did he have such a remarkably successful career as a writer?

New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, who submitted some 2,000 drawings to the magazine …

Will Smith: “The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is: I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. . . . If we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die.”

update:

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Angela Duckworth Responds To A New Critique Of Grit
May 25, 2016
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/05/25/479172868/angela-duckworth-responds-to-a-new-critique-of-grit

Much Ado about Grit: A Meta-Analytic Synthesis of the Grit Literature
Marcus Credé
Department of Psychology, Iowa State University
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160518134243.htm

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