Having What it Takes

What determines success? This teacher turned psychologist wanted to see if she could answer it. 

Her answer, after years of data collection everywhere from West Point and spelling bees to inner city Chicago schools is GRIT. Having GRIT was the common factor across all successful students. She also determined grit to be the overarching quality of those successful in life. Not looks, not background, not physical fitness. Grit.

What creates grit? She tried to answer that as well. Turns out her answer is:

"I don't know."

Watch her short TED talk here to hear her speak on this topic.