Essay On Grit

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In the United States, the most prominent philosophy is hard work, grit, and determination will guarantee success. In many cases, this philosophy holds true. Many Americans--enjoying exotic vacations and extravagant possessions--enjoy superlative lives. Angela Duckworth, author of Grit, the Power of Passion and Perseverance, exclaims “...grit still predicts success. Regardless of specific attributes and advantages that help someone succeed” (12). However, many of the grittiest Americans still never achieve their own ideas of success. Unfortunately, people who encompass grit may cause more harm than good; gritty people frequently desire goals that are unaccomplishable and even strive for said goals with no purpose. Therefore, grit does not necessarily predict success because people regularly overwork and overwhelm themselves with the importance grit. Many individuals’ aspirations are essentially unaccomplishable, no matter the level of effort and grit. Angela Duckworth states “It was this combination of passion and perseverance that made high achievers special” (8). For instance, a person whose ambition is to be a doctor has to endure extensive training and persist through many years of education, proving their grit in the process. However, a person who wishes to be a doctor without either the mental capacity or the money will not be able to achieve their aspirations. Unrealistic goals are not the only adverse side-effect of grit. Often, a person’s grit goes entirely unrecognized--which accomplishes nothing in the person’s career. “When you work hard at a job where the boss doesn't value your efforts, all your hard work gets you is taken for granted.” (Ryan 1). People’s ambitions, if unaccomplishable, can hemorrhage the benefits o... ... middle of paper ... ...when you're weak - it's a goal of mine, and it's also something I noted about a lot of the gritty individuals whom I profiled.” (4). Conversely, gritty leaders--and leaders in general--constantly do their constituents a disservice by promising impossible goals. Though people who exhibit higher levels of grit are often successful, there are still an alarming number of gritty people who experience--in their opinion--little success in their lifetime. Controversially, grit has played an active role in modern society, having many positive and--on the other hand--adverse effects. Angela Duckworth’s notion, grit predicts success, may be true in most situations, but some people--no matter their level of grit--will not be successful. The passion and perseverance for long term goals will only successful if the person strives for an achievement within their realm of ability.

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