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Fit for Life: Do You Have What it Takes?

Saturday, November 18, 2023

 

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A few weeks ago, a member paid me a great compliment.

She sent me a Ted Talk with an attached message saying, “This reminded me of you.”

So I immediately listened, wondering what content from this talk reminded her of me.

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The speaker in the talk was a woman who had researched what it takes to become more successful in life. She became a middle school teacher and observed the character traits of the highest-performing students.

 

She gave tests and then calculated grades, finding that IQ wasn’t the deciding factor separating her higher and lower-performing students.

 

She observed that her highest performers didn’t have the highest IQs, and her smartest kids weren’t doing well. She concluded that doing well in life required more than just the ability to learn quickly and easily.

 

She then went on to become a psychologist and continued to study different groups of people to understand and differentiate the patterns between who would succeed and who wouldn’t.

 

She found that it wasn’t IQ, as IQ was just a measurable. It wasn’t social intelligence, good looks, physical ability, good health, natural talent, economic status, race or religion.

 

What she found to be the deciding factor in success and performance was GRIT!!

 

Grit is having passion and perseverance for a very long time to achieve your goals.

 

Have the stamina and stick with your future goals, not for a day, week, or month, but by getting up and working every day, every day, towards your future and goals.  

 

After listening to that podcast, I was elated that someone thought of me on that level.

 

To say I

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