GLS 2017 Day Two – Angela Duckworth Session Notes

GLS 2017 Day Two – Angela Duckworth Session Notes

This year, I’m attending The Global Leadership Summit from the satellite location at my home church in Avon, IN.  Once again, I’m sharing my notes from this excellent event here on my blog.  So, tune in for the next 2 days and catch the notes from each of the speakers.

It’s my hope that these notes will not only add value to you as a leader, but also give you some practical ideas to share the notes with your team.  Lastly, head over to my Facebook page to join in on the conversation and let’s share our favorite quotes and take-aways there!

The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast LIVE in HD from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to hundreds of locations in North America. Throughout the fall, Summit events take place at an additional 675+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages.


Professor, University of Pennsylvania; Best-selling Author

Angela Duckworth is a professor of psychology at University of Pennsylvania and founder of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the practice of character development. An advisor to the White House, the World Bank and Fortune 500 CEOs, Duckworth studies grit and self-control, two attributes critical to success and well-being. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, debuted in 2016 as a New York Times bestseller.

  • I believe all people are ambitious
  • Grit scale questions:
    • “I am a hard worker”
    • “I finish whatever I begin”
    • “I have difficulty maintaining my focus on projects that take more than a few months to complete”
    • “My interests change from year to year”
  • Grit scores increase the older you get
  • The maturity principle says that with age and experience, qualities like grit get better
  • Grit is sustained passion and perseverance for especially long-term goals
  • Talent x effort = skill
  • Skill x effort = achievement
  • What is deliberate practice?
    • Set a stretch goal =>
    • Focus 100% =>
    • Get feedback =>
    • Reflect & refine =>
    • Repeat
  • Many of us dropout or give up to early or quickly
  • Individuals who are passionate about what they do are generally satisfied with their lives
  • Passion and perseverance is a great way to live your life
  • How do we build grit?
    • Develop your interests before training your weaknesses
    • Know the science of deliberate practice – work hard on one small thing with 100% focus
    • Cultivate purpose
      • In choosing what to do, I always take into account whether it will benefit other people
      • I have a responsibility to make the world a better place
      • My life has lasting meaning
    • Change your mind about changing your mind – have a growth mindset
  • Grit is something that you can build in yourself and others
  • Grit unlocks the ambition in all of us so we can be as excellent as we’re able to be

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