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Summary and Response: “The Truth About Grit”

IQ Tests, SAT Scores, or even attending an Ivy League College does not make that person any smarter or successful than a person who has a lower IQ Test, SAT Score or goes to a community college or no college at all. Jonah Lehrer’s article, “The Truth about Grit,” published on August 2, 2009 in the Boston Globe discusses how if a person wants to become successful, grits beats intelligence. According to the author, “Grit, it turns out, is an essential (and often overlooked) component of success.” Grit is more than just perseverance. It is having perseverance and passion for long-term goals. It is also working strenuously toward challenges and obstacles that may overcome and maintaining effort and interest over years despite the obstacles, hardships, adversity or failure. Grit is a skill that requires patience and continues to show progress.

We are familiar with Jonah Lehrer and his articles,”The Eureka Hunt,” and now “The Truth About Grit.”. Lehrer, for the most part, starts off with anecdotes that inspire and lead to the main focus of the article. He adds these stories that engage the readers to continue to read the rest of the article. He adds many outside sources from psychologist, authors, innovators, to economists which provides support and evidence to his argument how grit, is a skill that achieves success. I agree with the article with the whole concept of grit. I believe grit is something parents, coaches, teachers, and others around us should teach the youth about grit. As Lehrer mentions in his article, “teaching kids that talent takes time to develop, and requires continuous effort….praising children for their intelligence can make them less likely to persist in the face of challenges.” Overall, this was an interesting and informative article. Before reading this article, I had no idea what grit meant. I thought the only grits there was was the food type. I remember watching “My Cousin Vinny,” and Vinny Gambini was questing to Mr. Tipton, the witness. Here are the following questions Gambini asked:

Vinny Gambini: So obviously it takes you 5 minutes to cook your breakfast.

Mr. Tipton: That’s Right

Vinny Gambini: That’s right, so you knew that you remember what you had?

Mr. Tipton: Eggs and Grits.

Vinny Gambini: Eggs and grits. I like grits, too. How do you cook your grits? Do you like them regular or creamy?

Mr. Tipton: Just regular I guess.

Vinny Gambini: Regular. Instant grits?

Mr. Tipton: No self respectin’ Southerner uses instant grits. I take pride in my grits.

Vinny Gambini: So, Mr. Tipton, how could it take you 5 minutes to cook your grits when it takes the entire grit eating world 20 minutes?

Mr. Tipton: I don’t know, I’m a fast cook I guess.

Vinny Gambini: I’m sorry I was all the way over here I couldn’t hear you did you say you were a fast cook, that’s it?

Mr. Tipton: Yeah.

Vinny Gambini: Are we to believe that boiling water soaks into a grit faster in your kitchen that anywhere else on the fact of the earth?

Mr. Tipton: I don’t know.

Vinny Gambini: Well, I guess the laws of physics cease to exits on top of your stove. Were these magic grits? Did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his Beanstalk beans?



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