National Edu News: Specialised Training Required for Implementing ECCE: Dr Venita Kaul  |  Cover Story: Elimination Round or Aptitude Test- How to Align CUET with NEP 2020 Goals  |  Life Inspirations: Master of a Dog House  |  Education Information: Climate Predictions: Is it all a Piffle!  |  Leadership Instincts: Raj Mashruwala Establishes CfHE Vagbhata Chair in Medical Devices at IITH   |  Parent Interventions: What Books Children Must Read this Summer Vacation   |  Rajagiri Round Table: Is Time Ripe for Entrepreneurial Universities in India?  |  Life Inspirations: How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking  |  Teacher Insights: Guided Play Effective for Children  |  Teacher Insights: Doing Calculations Boosts Mental Strength  |  Best Practices: Hugging for Happiness  |  Parent Interventions: Is Frequent Childcare Outside of the Family Beneficial for a Child's Development  |  Health Monitor: How to Measure Attention?  |  Life Inspirations: From BC to AC: What Has Changed in Pandemic and What Has Not  |  Guest Column: The Biting Army  |  
December 03, 2019 Tuesday 02:13:44 PM IST

Success Depends Not Just on Passion But Grit and Intelligence too

Image by StartupStockPhotos

Intelligence, grit and physical activity play a major influence in the success of an individual, according to a study done by Angela Duckworth of University of Pennsylvania, researchers at Duke University and United States Military Academy. Angela had studied the dropout rates of trainee cadets at West Point. After an extensive, two-year process, each cadet must complete a six-week initiation nicknamed Beast Barracks during the summer preceding classes. On average, three out of every 100 cadets drop out during this training. 
It was found that grittier people had less chance of dropping out of the course during a discouraging period of training. Cognitive ability is the best predictor for academic grades while grit and physical ability determine success in the physical programme. Ultimately it is not passion. Her message is that if you want to lead a happy, healthy and helpful life, it is necessary to cultivate as many aspects of one's character such as honesty, kindness, generosity and curiosity, and of course grit.