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Angela Duckworth on Building Grit

Learn how you can build the habits of perseverance from an award-winning psychologist and MacArthur genius

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The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence called “grit.” This course will introduce you to research-grounded insights and practical strategies to become a more gritty person—someone with the perseverance to power through difficult circumstances and drive change in the world. Taught by Angela Duckworth, a MacArthur Genius winner, bestselling author of Grit, and University of Pennsylvania psychologist, you’ll learn strategies to set the right goals, uncover your interests, implement deliberate practice in your daily life, cultivate a growth mindset, and find purpose in your work so that you can continue pursuing difficult challenges.

Through a series of video lectures, Angela will bring the lessons from her New York Times bestselling book and TED talk to life, offering stories and findings particularly relevant to social change makers trying to do hard things. She’ll also share research-grounded insights relevant to everyone from entrepreneurs to parents to athletes to students to business people who are trying to live up to their full potential—and help others do the same. She’ll share practical tips and strategies to develop more grit in your daily life and you’ll gain a set of exercises and supplemental resources to start applying these lessons right away.


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Angela Duckworth
Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.

Angela studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. A 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Currently, she serves as a faculty director for Wharton People Analytics, an initiative that helps organizations adopt the latest insights from social science research.

Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a summer school for low-income children. She has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a math and science teacher in the public schools of New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude. With the support of a Marshall Scholarship, she completed an MSc with Distinction in Neuroscience from Oxford University. She completed her PhD in Psychology as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Angela has received numerous awards for her contributions to K-12 education, including a Beyond Z Award from the KIPP Foundation. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, debuted May 3, 2016 as an immediate New York Times bestseller.


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When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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Will I get feedback on my assignments or directly interact with the instructors?
No. This is a self-paced learning resource. You will get out of the course what you put into it so we encourage active self-reflection and participation in all exercises, but there will be no graded assignments or direct feedback from instructors. You will have access to a community forum where you can share your work and ideas.
Will I get a certificate for completing the course?
Yes! If you complete all video content and exercises, you will receive a Statement of Accomplishment from +Acumen.
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