Grit (personality trait)

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Grit in the field of psychology is a personality and character trait based on an person's passion for a specific long-term goal, coupled with a strong motivation to achieve their objective.

Angela Duckworth's findings

The psychology researcher Angela Duckworth and her colleagues examined grit as a predictor of long-term success. It found that individuals who possess a drive to consistently work through obstacles, failures, and adversity to achieve their goals and are significantly better positioned to reach higher achievements.[1] For Ivy League students, Duckworth found that grit was a stronger predictor of success than a person's commulative GPA.

External links

General articles on grit:

Grit factors:

Relationship between Grit and self-control:

Relationship between grit, self-control and engaging in limiting behaviors:

Developing Grit:


  1. Duckworth, A.L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M.D., & Kelly, D.R. (2007). "Grit: Perseverance and passion for long-term goals". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92 (6), p. 1087.