A Success Trait for Entrepreneurs

FEBRUARY 12, 2013
Philippa Kennealy, MD, MPH, CPCC, PCC
Despite the earnest commitment I made at the beginning of the year, I have failed so far. Instead of blogging regularly (well, at least once a week!), I've fallen into the "I'm so busy, I can't find the time" trap. This has happened even though I have blocks of time set aside on my calendar for writing.
Time to get back onto that horse and ride again!
So, how should I do this?
I am fascinated by what it takes for children to succeed in life, since I have a kid and want good things for her. In addition, my clients are seeking great results and wondering how they can create invigorating new careers or businesses at later points in their lives.
My quest to understand these challenges has led me to some fascinating research, mainly coming out of the field of education.
One prominent researcher in this area, Angela Duckworth, PhD, writes about Grit — Perseverance and Passion for Long Term Goals in which she tells us that the more "grit" (as defined by her book’s subtitle) we demonstrate, the higher the correlation is with success.
Yet another inspiring education-related story (which references Duckworth and her grit research) comes from writer and speaker Paul Tough. The New York Times ran a story written by Tough some time ago titled "What if the secret to success is failure?" The article fired my imagination sufficiently enough that I bought and devoured his book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.
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