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Mental Mastery Mondays

Helping you win the war within so you can find success in business, relationships, well-being, and life.

Jun 24, 2015

As I mention in the intro, this show focuses on something I like to call “success for failures.” 

The only thing is… most of us who have been made to feel like failures have so because we haven’t been able to do well on the "Grit Test."

The Grit Test

The Grit Test was developed by Harvard Research Angela Duckworth.

She went over decades of data on what brought people to greatness in life and she came up with two major factors:

People who didn’t change course just because they wanted a change. Something new.

People who didn’t change course just because the current one become difficult. Maybe that’s you.

As you can see, at the core of what she looked at was the ability to stick to the course you’re one. Basically … GRIT. Making it to the finish line… 

G-R-I-T Predicts Success More Than S-A-T

Angela Duckworth took her study of grit to Penn State

She tested incoming students and found the ones with a high grit score but a low entrance exam, ended up having a higher GPA than those with a lower Grit score but higher SAT. 

Smarter Kids Don’t Have to Try As Hard

Looking further into the studies of Angela Duckworth, we see how she discovered young children in a spelling bee who had a higher grit score but lower verbal IQ ended up doing just as well as students with a higher IQ and lower Grit score.

This means yes, the kids with a higher IQ could perform as well without trying as hard.  But… 

Here’s some hope for you… 

Her studies indicated, even the kids with lower IQ’s and less self-control (less fidgety and able to do what they’re told) who had a high grit score ended up doing just as well as the kids with higher IQ’s. 

So Do You Have Grit?

Let’s look at how you do on the grit test.  You have to be honest or you’re not going to find out anything real. 


Here are my results:

Total = 33 (average 2.75)

I will say… that’s tough to see… but it also lets me know.. I have to remind myself all the time to push on… show that grit.  Keep going when I want to quit.  Being conscious of it is what will help you overcome.

I’ve increased my number from where I was 10 years ago, I know that for sure.  So can you. 

Call to Action

Take the grit test and see what you come up with.  Let me know what you get.