Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What Predicts Success?

If you said intelligence, you're wrong! At least according to a study pioneered in part by a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, Angela Duckworth, who found that people who focus on a goal and stick with it long-term seem to achieve more professional success than those who jump around.

Duckworth said in a recent Boston Globe article, "grit is very much about the big picture, ...It's about picking a specific goal off in the distant future and not swerving from it." She evidently became interested in the whole idea of "grit" from observations she made about her Harvard classmates' behaviors after graduation. "Those who were less successful were often just as smart and talented, but they were constantly changing plans and trying something new," she explained.

So as a job seeker I'm taking heart in that fact that I'm loaded with resilience, stamina, persistence, determination, perseverance and conscientiousness .... or grit. And I'm heartened by the fact that it isn't only prevalent in my marketing career but also in my personal life. Yes, when it comes to predicting who is going to succeed in this new economy, ask yourself one question ...Got Grit?