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Grit Scale

Part I:  Description

What is the Grit Scale?

The Grit Scale is a psychological assessment tool developed by Angela Duckworth to measure a person's level of grit. Grit, in this context, is defined as:

  • Passion: Long-term commitment to a goal, unwavering in the face of setbacks.

  • Perseverance: The ability to sustain effort and focus despite challenges, obstacles, or distractions.

How the Grit Scale Works

  • Questionnaire format: Individuals rate their agreement with statements reflecting aspects of grit (e.g., "I finish whatever I begin.")

  • Scoring: Responses are tallied to provide an overall grit score.

  • Multiple versions: The original grit scale has evolved, with shorter versions available and modifications for specific populations.

What the Grit Scale is Used For

  • Research: Explores the connection between grit, success, and well-being across various domains (academics, careers, relationships..)

  • Education: Some schools use it to identify potentially successful students, or to foster grit as a skill.

  • Self-awareness: Individuals can gain insight into their own levels of passion and perseverance.

Important Considerations about the Grit Scale

  • Not a perfect measure: Grit is one factor influencing success, and scales can be subjective.

  • Potential for Misuse: Overly focused on individual effort without acknowledging systemic barriers.

Part II:  Common Questions

1. Does a high score on the Grit Scale mean I'm guaranteed success?

  • Answer: No. Grit is one important factor among many. Other influences include:

    • Opportunity: Access to resources and support significantly impacts outcomes.

    • Talent: Natural aptitude can help facilitate progress in a given area.

    • Environment: A supportive environment fosters grit, while constant adversity can deplete it.

2. Can I become grittier by taking the Grit Scale?

  • Answer: The scale itself is primarily a measurement tool, but it can promote self-reflection. To build grit:

    • Set long-term, meaningful goals: Something you care deeply about will sustain motivation.

    • Practice overcoming obstacles: Start with small challenges and gradually increase difficulty.

    • Focus on progress, not perfection: Celebrate small victories and learn from setbacks.

    • Seek support: Mentors and role models can be inspiring and provide guidance.

3. Can the Grit Scale be harmful in any way?

  • Answer: Yes, there are potential criticisms:

    • Overshadowing systemic issues: Blaming lack of success solely on a low grit score may ignore unjust systems.

    • Discouraging help-seeking: It might make someone feel ashamed to ask for support, as if it's a sign of weakness.

    • Narrow definition: Doesn't account for diverse paths to success or alternative strengths.

4. How does the Grit Scale differ from measuring resilience?

  • Answer: While they overlap, there's a distinction:

    • Grit: Proactive, sustained effort towards a specific long-term goal.

    • Resilience: The capacity to adapt and bounce back from adversity in general, which can manifest in different ways.

5. Where can I find the official Grit Scale to take?

  • Answer: Visit the Angela Duckworth website ( It offers access to the scale, research on grit, and additional resources.

Part III:  Additional Resources

Books about Grit

  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth: The definitive book by the scale's creator, outlining her research and the concept of grit.

  • Helping Children Succeed by Paul Tough: Explores how grit interacts with other factors like childhood adversity and support systems.

  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck: While not specifically on grit, discusses the importance of believing in one's ability to improve, a mindset key to grittiness.

Websites & Articles about Grit

  • Angela Duckworth Website: ( Access the Grit Scale, research publications, and further resources.

  • Character Lab ( Founded by Duckworth, features research summaries and tips on fostering grit in children.

  • Criticisms of Grit: Search for articles with terms like "critique of Grit Scale" or "limitations of grit" for a balanced perspective.

Additional Resources about Grit

  • Ted Talks by Angela Duckworth: Offers engaging presentations on her work and the importance of grit.

  • Documentaries on Education: Some explore non-cognitive factors like grit, which influence student success.

Part IV:  Disclaimer

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