I just got off of my morning Zoom chat with the Eagles. I asked them to please give feedback to parents so we can learn...Read More
September 20, 2016
“I’m not sure I can do this – it’s so hard! I love it!” These words will be music to my ears. My children may not be the smartest, most athletic or best looking in the room but for them to be gritty will trump it all for me. Through grit, they will find the ecstasy of flow; they will experience one of their interests turning into a lifelong passion; and they will feel the sublime joy of authentic, hard-earned achievement. I want this for myself, too. The problem is that grit does not come naturally – to me or to them. So how will we get it? One path to grit is through “deliberate practice” as described by Angela Duckworth in her bestseller, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.” It includes:
- A clearly defined stretch goal
- Full concentration and effort
- Immediate and informative feedback
- Repetition with reflection and refinement.