When you think about things you need for your career to thrive, you may list great professional contacts, good work relationships, and a strong work ethic as some of the factors that have helped you succeed in the past. But regardless of your other qualifications, one important tool always comes in handy: grit.

Consultant, former public school teacher, and current professor Angela Lee Duckworth explains how true grit isn’t just the name of a good movie; it’s also the reason why some people succeed against all odds.

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Updated 6/19/2020