Grit

by

Angela Duckworth

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The Grit Scale is a 10-item questionnaire that Duckworth developed to measure grit. It asks respondents to rate whether they agree with statements like “I am a hard worker.”

Grit Scale Quotes in Grit

The Grit quotes below are all either spoken by Grit Scale or refer to Grit Scale. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Grit published in 2018.
Chapter 4: How Gritty Are You? Quotes

1. New ideas and projects sometimes distract me from previous ones.

2. Setbacks don’t discourage me. I don’t give up easily.

3. I often set a goal but later choose to pursue a different one.

4. I am a hard worker.

5. I have difficulty maintaining my focus on projects that take more than a few months to complete.

6. I finish whatever I begin.

7. My interests change from year to year.

8. I am diligent. I never give up.

9. I have been obsessed with a certain idea or project for a short time but later lost interest.

10. I have overcome setbacks to conquer an important challenge.

Related Characters: Angela Duckworth (speaker)
Page Number: 55
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Grit Scale Term Timeline in Grit

The timeline below shows where the term Grit Scale appears in Grit. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Showing Up
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In 2004, Duckworth developed the Grit Scale , a questionnaire to measure grit, and gave it to West Point’s 1,200 new cadets.... (full context)
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...was about talent, grit, or both. So, she tested it by giving the spellers the Grit Scale and a verbal intelligence test. She found that grit and intelligence both predicted success, but... (full context)
Chapter 4: How Gritty Are You?
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Duckworth includes her Grit Scale , which asks people to rate whether 10 different statements, like “I am a hard... (full context)
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Duckworth points out that on the Grit Scale , the questions about passion ask about the consistency of people’s commitments, not the intensity... (full context)
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...that did matter were variations on passion and perseverance. In conclusion, Duckworth explains that the Grit Scale is just a tool for reflecting on how gritty people are now. The rest of... (full context)
Chapter 5: Grit Grows
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...school. Unsurprisingly, then, grit is also both genetic and environmental. When UK researchers gave the Grit Scale to thousands of twins, they found that heritability accounts for 20 percent of differences in... (full context)
Chapter 7: Practice
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...only solitary, intensive study really counted as deliberate practice. Duckworth and Ericsson sent spellers the Grit Scale and a log to record their practice time. The winner, Kerry Close, spent thousands of... (full context)
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...relationship between grit and flow on her own. After giving thousands of people both the Grit Scale and a questionnaire about flow, she found that grittier people are more likely to experience... (full context)
Chapter 12: A Culture of Grit
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...to the culture that he has built. Every year, Dorrance makes his team complete the Grit Scale and take the Beep Test, a running assessment that he treats as a measure of... (full context)