Three values proven to indicate future success of juveniles from multiple studies are tenacity, self control, and perseverance. One we would like to highlight today is perseverance. What is perseverance? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.” This means getting back up when you are knocked down, working through setbacks, and not giving up on your goals.
Perseverance is developed in many ways, but one of the most prominent is through facing and handling hardship. Without challenges, people are not given the chance to develop and hone this valuable skill. When they do face struggles later in life, they those without perseverance tend to give up easily and/or find themselves stuck in difficult situations.
Recently, we came across this TED talk on what psychologist and speaker Angela Lee Duckworth calls “grit.” It is an interesting look into the link between perseverance and success; as well as what caused her to pursue it in a lifelong study.
Watch it here (turn on Chinese or English subtitles in the lower right hand corner of the video):
And if you wish, join her study and find out how much “grit” you have by taking this survey: