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Baylor wants students to get gritty. Sarah Ritter, case manager for Baylor Student Life, explains what that means.

What is grit?

'Grit' is having perseverance and passion for your long-term goals.

'Grit' calls upon individuals to feel empowered to 'bounce back' leaning on their accumulated skills and known supports to overcome obstacles. Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, a leading researcher on 'Grit', describes it as an ultimate concern--a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And grit is holding steadfast to that goal. Even when you fall down. Even when you screw up. Even when progress toward that goal is halting or slow.

Why is grit important?

'Grit' can inspire students to grow from failure and challenges rather than losing hope. Your sons and daughters have innate, unique skills worthy of sharing with the world. Grit can assist by encouraging constructive growth in times of stress and need. Teaching grit early to students is likely to correlate with greater success outcomes in college. As a matter of fact, Dr. Sherry Woosley, who studies resiliency and grit in college students, has found that, "Grit is one of the best predictors of success, even more than IQ, social intelligence, good looks, or physical health."

Is your student "gritty?"

Here are four ways you can tell if your student is "Gritty":

  1. Do they know there are multiple pathways to success?
  2. Do they keep working hard even after experiencing failure, or when they feel like quitting?
  3. Are they committed to staying passionate about their purpose even when it’s hard?
  4. Do they know when and how to ask for help?
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"Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes."
-- John Dewey