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Five Statements That Form Your Destiny

How can you tell if you or your child will achieve success?

You can start with the following five statements. The more you can agree with them, the more successful you’re likely to be.

“I am a hard worker.”
“I finish whatever I begin.”
“Setbacks don’t discourage me.”
“I don’t give up after disappointment.”
“I’m diligent.”

Those statements come courtesy of a blog by Katya Andresen, CEO of ePals. She’s discussing the world of grit,a quality that is the top predictor of success.

Andresen mentions the work of researcher Angela Duckworth, who defines grit as the ability to maintain passion for the same goal over a long period of time.

Grit matters more than intelligence, talent or training. It matters more than odds and circumstances.

Grit sounds a lot like perseverance, famously celebrated by Calvin Coolidge.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence,” Coolidge said. “Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

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