The Key to Success? Grit

Redfish Team Thought Leadership, Stimulating Ideas, and Innovation Discussions


This week the team considered success and predictors of success. We listened to Angela Lee Duckworth’s TED Talk: The Key to Success? Grit.


“This definitely pertains to the job of recruiting, and anything in life,” shared Mike Curry, Tech Recruiter at Redfish. “For me growing up with sports, coaches preach you have to work to be great. You hear it in sports all the time, but less in the professional world. You don’t always come out of the gates hot, what it takes to be successful is to identify and concentrate on your goal and put everything you’ve got into working at it. You have to want to succeed more than you hate to fail. And it helps to have a junk yard dog attitude.”

Duckworth’s TED Talk is a short but interesting 6 minutes that looks at some studies on the predictors of success. It isn’t IQ, or the range of socio-economic demographic characteristics that may come to mind. It is grit. Duckworth defines grit “living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint”. Despite any innate intelligence or talent, the people who succeed are those with the stamina to stick to what they want to achieve and work in it day in day out, for the long term.


It brings to mind Calvin Coolidge’s quote, one that is posted in the Redfish Technology office: “Press On. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genus will not: Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not: The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”


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The recruiting team gathers weekly to consider and discuss various ideas that merit attention in business strategy, organizational behavior, and psychology. From thought leaders to innovative disruptors, these discussion stimulate new ideas that can be applied professionally and personally. We’d like to share what we are thinking about with you.

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