The New York Times:
The rule at the “grit” expert Angela Duckworth’s house? You can quit. But you can’t quit on a hard day.
Few parents who pick up Angela Duckworth’s book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” will be thinking about raising a quitter.
But Dr. Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has some unexpected advice.
“Quitting is essential, especially when you’re young,” said Dr. Duckworth, who was named a MacArthur “genius” in 2013 for her development of the concept of “grit”— the combination of determination and direction that drives some people to constantly work, improve and achieve. “It’s counterintuitive, especially for parents looking for an affirmation that discipline and hard work are what matters — but interests come first.”
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