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How to test your grit – and then increase it

How gritty are you compared to other people? Duckworth created a short test for evaluating where you fall on the grit spectrum. But if you find that you fall short on this important success factor, don’t despair! You can increase your grit score by, for example, more clearly defining where you want to go and how to get there!

To find out how gritty you are, take the test that Duckworth developed to calculate the grittiness of the adults included in all of her studies. Read each sentence and check off the box that best applies to you.

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Calculate your score:

Add up all the points for the boxes you checked and divide by 10 to receive your Grit Score. The maximum score you can achieve is 5 (extremely gritty), and the lowest score is 1 (not at all gritty). Use the chart below to see how your scores compare to others. (For example, a score of 2.5 reveals that you are grittier than
just 10% of the population.)

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Source: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela DUCKWORTH (Scribner, May 2016).


To read the article in full:

Don’t give up! Why Grit counts as much as talent


Based on Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth (Scribner, May 2016) and an interview with Tom Deierlein, co-founder and CEO, ThunderCat Technology, (June 2016).

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