Self-Reports Spur Self-Reflection

By Angela Duckworth
MIT Sloan Management Review

The act of answering survey questions can increase awareness, which opens the door to development.

“Know thyself.”
— Socrates

I’ve been studying grit for 15 years, but the notion that some people stick with things much longer than others is not at all new. A century ago, Stanford psychologist Catherine Cox studied the lives of 301 eminent achievers. Cox concluded that the artists, scientists, and leaders who change the world have a striking tendency to hold fast to their goals and to work toward these far-off ambitions with dogged tenacity…

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