TED Talks Education, at the BAM Harvey Lichtenstein Theater. Filmed April 4, 2013. Photo: Ryan Lash

Watch: The Power of Perseverance

After leaving her job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth decided to take on employment as a teacher, where she taught math to seventh graders in a New York public school.  Ms. Duckworth soon noticed that IQ or intelligence weren’t the only predictors of success for her students, even in those who struggled or had a…


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

I was what you might call a “Type A,” give-it-your-all-even-if-it-kills-you kind of student. I was the one on the front bench, hand raised, enthusiastically begging “Pick me! Pick me!” And I liked it that way. What I never felt about myself was that I was particularly smart. I didn’t feel like academic concepts came as…