Grit–A not so cognitive concept that has in last decade become an important skill to be developed in children. So what is Grit?
Grit is strength of character, the courage and resolve to remain persevere towards a long term goal. A kid might be a top performer but still unhappy with the decisions and choices she/her makes. On the other hand, a kid who is not a top performer, may have the grit to continue following the set goal and thus the hard work and perseverance. It is important to develop grit in children to help them have a growth mindset. Growth Mindset relates to the capacity of an individual to not be deterred by the losses but learn from them, grow over them and continue towards success.
Encouraging children to practice grit in school and at home (by teacher and parents) helps develop a positive personality. The perseverance and hope promotes efforts towards accomplishment of tasks thus increasing the success ratio. for example, choosing the career path. It is important to know that a child is gritty towards achievement of goals such as a career, coupled with interest to be successful and happy.
According to Duckworth (2007), Grit is conceptualized as a stable trait that does not require immediate positive feedback. Individuals high in grit are able to maintain their determination and motivation over long periods despite experiences with failure and adversity. Their passion and commitment towards the long-term objective is the overriding factor that provides the stamina required to “stay the course” amid challenges and setbacks.
Researchers famously compare grit as not winning a sprint but a marathon. For future success, the foundations have to be laid early, thus children need to be made grittier.