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Dr. Angela Duckworth, associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has created a self-assessment for the incoming freshman at West Point that is used to estimate how “gritty” each student is.

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“Duckworth’s research reveals that grit is an important determinant of success in almost any venture. To which you might reply, “Duh!” But before you dismiss Duckworth of espousing the obvious, you should consider the results of her research. Her “grit scale”–a brief quiz designed to measure stick-to-itiveness–has proved “remarkably predictive of success,” she tells the New York Times.

Dr. Duckworth says, “It may be obvious that effort and stamina are required to accomplish anything worthwhile in life.” But remember – not giving up is easier said than done

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