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Larry King NowSep 02 '16

Angela Duckworth, author of ‘Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,’ breaks down the four elements of the trait – interest, practice, purpose, and hope – and explains why she thinks we can all learn to be grittier. 

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Larry King: There are four traits that gritty people have. Interest, practice, purpose and hope. Let's break them down, interest.

Angela Duckworth: Interest. This is finding something that you do to be fascinating, to never get bored of your work

Larry King: Practice.

Angela Duckworth: Practice importantly is practicing at an expert level. That doesn't mean you have to be an expert, but to practice like an expert you have to be working on something that's

relatively speaking a weakness for you with full concentration and feedback and then making these little micro refinements to do your work a little better.

Larry King: Purpose. Angela Duckworth: Purpose I use to mean having an other centered motivation. In other words, feeling like, for example having a television show would influence other people's well-being than your own, something that serves others.

Larry King: And hope.

Angela Duckworth: Hope is believing that no matter how bad things are, there's something that

you can do to make them better .

Larry King: You'vewritten a book about it, therefore you think it can be taught.

Angela Duckworth: I have written a book about it, and I do believe it can be taught. That's right.

Larry King: And you can learn it at any age? Angela Duckworth: I think so, yeah. I think human beings are wired to learn at any age.