Jonah Lehrer’s article “The Truth About Grit” is an illuminating article which gives the audience a different perspective on innovation and intelligence. The article opens with the tale of Isaac Newton and the apple, the quintessential story of world changing innovation and genius. Lehrer sheds new light on the well known anecdote, revealing some of the inaccuracies which brings him into an explanation of how mere intelligence is frequently not the key to success. He claims that research has proven that determination and a willingness to persevere in the face of daunting obstacles is vital to an individuals ability to succeed in any pursuit. He terms this hardiness of spirit “grit”.
Lehrer’s article is very enlightening. He makes a very convincing argument for the correlation of “grit” and success. He uses clear, engaging examples to back up his points. Many of his examples refer to research done by experienced psychologists, which gives his article credibility.His mention of the test involving fifth graders was very effective. In this test fifth graders were divided into two groups; both were given a relatively easy test but when both groups did well one group was praised for thier intelligence and the other group was praised for their hard work. The group whose success was attributed to their intelligence fared far worse than the group that was commended for their perseverence on a subsequent test that was much more difficult. This example gave the most strenght to his article, as it gave strong evidence for the correlation of determination and success.He also makes his article concise, never lingering on extraneous details. His writing is very factual though, and there is very little flavor in his writing style.