In 2013, University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Angela Duckworth gave her now-famous TED Talk, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” followed in 2016 by her New York Times bestseller of the same name. Both in her talk and her book, she defines grit as “the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals.”
Because the presence of grit is a good predictor of achievement, it can be a more accurate measure for predicting college or career success than IQ. If you’re confronted with a seemingly unsolvable problem, or one that is long and boring, do you dig in to get to the finish? That is grit in practice.
The Grit survey is a deceptively short quiz that allows us to determine your grit score. It offers a series of statements, and asks you to rate each one on a scale:
- Very much like me
- Mostly like me
- Somewhat like me
- Not much like me
- Not like me at all
There are no “right” or “wrong” answers; rather, your responses help shape a picture of your own grittiness. Taken alone, the result cannot (and should never) be used to make college, career or hiring choices. But combined with the other tools and instruments we utilize, they bring another dimension to our understanding of the individual that can help guide those decisions.