Did you know October is Resilience month?
I only know because I saw a sign.
Here it is...
In the spirit of resilience month I wanted to become more enlightened on resilience, perseverance, diligence and self control. (http://www.corevirtues.net/oct.html).
So I have been reading the book Grit by Angela Duckworth. Duckworth is a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who has defined Grit as "perseverance plus passion" and claims it is the key trait for success. Duckworth's work on Grit has been championed by Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carrol as a quality he seeks out and then tries to instill in his players. Here a a video of Carrol and Duckworth presenting on Grit at Seattle University.
Here is Duckworth speaking to the Seahawks player on Grit.
After watching both of those videos you may be really pumped up and feeling "Gritty," or you may have some doubts, questions or concerns about the role of Grit in success.
If you are the later, here is a thought provoking critique of Duckworth's work on Grit and it's implications.
Perhaps more attention should be paid to the passion part of the Grit formula? But I'll just save that for when I see a sign that says it is Passion Month.
Tony Daltoso LMHC
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