Jewish grit and Hanukkah

The incredible power of adding one consistent light at a time.
by Sara Debbie Gutfreund

Many studies show that effort is far more important than our natural abilities in anything that we’re trying to accomplish. In her book Grit, Dr. Angela Duckworth examines the trait of persistence. She writes, “Without effort, your talent is nothing more than your unmet potential. Without effort, your skill is nothing more than what you could have done but didn’t.”
According to Duckworth, grit is the best predictor of success. The grittiest cadets are the ones that graduate from West Point, the most persistent businessmen are the ones who make the most money and the most persistent spellers end up being the winners of the National Spelling Bee.
In fact, a treadmill experiment that was first begun at Harvard University in 1940 tested which students would push themselves to the limit of their physical and mental stamina and remain for the longest time on the treadmill. The researchers then followed up on the study decades later and they found that the students that had stayed on the treadmill the longest were the most successful in every area of their lives throughout adulthood.
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