The key to success? Grit

Angela Lee Duckworth holds a short (6 minutes) presentation about what’s required for success. A high IQ isn’t enough, it takes stamina and grit. She ends up with mentioning the inetresting topic of the growth mindset.

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

Video: The key to success? Grit

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Coach John Wooden about success

This TED Talk has popped up several times lately but it was not until today that I took the time and watched John Wooden: Coaching for people, not points.

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom.

I like this video a lot, John has a definition of success that makes a lot of sense to me:

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.

John Wooden talks about success but also about patience and action. He of course talks about coaching and basketball, he has an impressive resume. At TED the profile about Speakers John Wooden: Coach says:

John Wooden, affectionately known as Coach, led UCLA to record wins that are still unmatched in the world of basketball. Today, he continues to share the values and life lessons he passed to his players, emphasizing success that’s about much more than winning.

I went chasing for some quotes:

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

Read more:
Coach John Wooden’s own site

This was originally posted at Forty Plus Two, another blog of mine.

The self-employed have a hierarchy of success

Success from the nest has a great series of posts about the Hierarchy of the Successfully Self-Employed. The four levels are Freelancer (physiological needs), Contractor (safety and social needs), Expert (esteem needs) and Guru (self-actualization). The posts are as follows:

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

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