Angela Lee Duckworth

He conquers who endures

During her time studying psychology in graduate school, Angela Lee Duckworth found that the key to success is grit.

According to Angela, “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

You can watch her Ted talk below.

I recognise that this is one key quality that I want to instill in my child. In fact, it’s probably the best gift that I can leave her with. Looking back at the past few months, I see this quality in her. Whenever she’s hungry, she will cry and make her needs known. She will whine and cry till she gets what she wants. She doesn’t give up till we give her milk.

Life is not a bed of roses. Trials and troubles will come into our lives. We will face challenges and difficulties. Things will be hard and problems will surface.

Endurance is the ability to undergo a distasteful or difficult process or situation without giving up; it is the ability to withstand wear and tear, to continue despite fatigue, stress and unfavourable conditions. Grit allows us to overcome challenges. Endurance is a continuous, and sometimes meticulous process but it will bring success and victory.

Cultivating the quality of endurance will allow us to conquer all odds and be victorious. Grit is the key to success. I hope that this will be the quality she sees in her father and a quality she will develop as she grows up.

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