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What Is It and Why Do You Need It?

GRIT IS ALL AROUND US. At work retreats. On the basketball court. In your grandmother’s book club. It’s a buzzword now, the parlance of education advocates and business-school books in the past several years thanks to the work of Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.: “a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal.” Wait. That’s grit?! But that’s so … big and profound and lofty. We think grit is small and dirty and face-in-the-mud. It’s situational courage. When you need it, you need it right now. But how do you access it? How do the people who grit it out for a living do the things that seem undoable—too hard, too messy, too much? Here’s how.

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