How can you tell which students will have the highest grades? Apparently, IQ is not the only factor. This awesome 6-minute TED talk by Angela Lee Duckworth, a former management consultant turned middle school teacher, really struck a chord with me — she explains that the key to success isn’t raw intelligence. Rather, she says “it was grit.”
“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality.”
To me, this describes the mentality many immigrant families have. It describes why I adore people like Vinod Khosla, who preaches, “Don’t give up.” It explains the vision that immigrant parents have when they work towards a better life for their kids. Emily and I have had long chats about how the smartest companies are the ones who hire immigrants and foreign talent (yes, we’re biased) and Duckworth’s talk really sums up our philosophy. When it comes to grit, immigrants often have it in spades.