What Can We Learn From John Wayne?
In the 1969 Western True Grit, John Wayne plays a US Marshall hired by a 14-year old girl to bring in the man who murdered her father. John certainly had grit and finally succeeded in tracking down the murder. "Okay," you say, but most of us aren't bounty hunters, so what's the deal? Grit, passion and perservence in the pursuit of a long-term goal, is making a comeback. Thanks to research and a popular TED Talk by Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit grit is being tauted as a better predictor of success than IQ. While having a high IQ is great, without grit, smart people don't succeed. On the other hand, people with lower IQs who have grit, succeed. Admittedly, Duckworth hasn't discovered how to teach people to develop grit. However, these two things are clear to me. First, recognize that success is more like a marathon than a sprint. Second, associate with and hire people who have grit. I will leave it to you to discover how to recognize it.