Grit and the ‘right place’ for you

Inspired by the UCL Women’s alternative book club, I post here a link to the TED talk by Angela Lee Duckworth titled

The key to success? Grit.

This talk resonated with me on various levels, personal, professional, academic and as a parent. I also had the opportunity to have a good chat with my old PhD supervisor, 7 years after completing my dissertation and not having seen him in the past 5. Talking about not only personal career moves and progression, but also about the more recent cohorts of students and researchers we’ve witnessed, it seems ‘GRIT’ or in fact Finnish ‘SISU’ does have something to do with success. It also has to do with not only success, but the recollection that one is in the right place. If you want to accomplish something in a given environment, you’re most likely to try hard at it if you are in the ‘right place’ for you.

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