Eductional Insights 1.18.16
Educational Insights 1.18.16
Posted on 01/18/2016

         When you talk to people who are highly successful, the main theme that emerges is persistence, some researchers call it grit. Others have called it ‘stick-to-it-ness’. Whatever name is used, the idea is the same: it is the tenacity not to throw in the towel!

         To be successful, starting something is simply not enough. The ability to persevere and be resilient after it has been started is the true stamp of success. It is the people who stay the course and continue to invest energy in achieving their goal that are more likely to succeed. This is so valuable for our children to develop and learn to practice!

         It may be possible to succeed in the workforce or life if you are not highly creative, adaptive, or do not collaborate well. But if you are not at least moderately persistent or stubborn, and you tend to quit easily, you are done - even if you are creative, collaborative, and adaptive! The lack of tenacity is a surefire killer to becoming successful.

         Grit is a skill set apart from other common success factors, such as luck, good connections, and family support. While these things also can be predictors of success, they cannot be developed as one is blessed with them by chance.

         What also makes grit so important is that, unlike other things you often hear about why people succeed, grit is a skill that can be learned and acquired. People can learn to be more resilient and less impacted by their setbacks.

         Perseverance is the ability to keep going after defeat or failure. Adults have the ability to positively impact our youth by encouraging them to keep trying and reminding them nothing good comes easy. Remind them not to define each stumble or failure along the way, as they are only there to make one stronger. If at first you don’t succeed, then try, try again!


“Success is the result of perfection, hard work,

learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.
~Colin Powell


-Dr. Paula Sissel

Garden County Schools

Superintendent/Elementary Principal