Outline a plan which explains how to grow one's grit.

To grow one’s grit, one should probably find something that they're genuinely passionate about, which they can then pursue with guts, toughness, discipline, and other elements that commonly comprise one’s grit.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Early on in her book Grit, Angela Duckworth recounts what she wanted to stay to her dad upon receiving a coveted MacArthur Fellowship. She imagines agreeing with her dad about how she’s not a genius. However, in this hypothetical interaction, she goes on to tell him:

I’ll challenge myself every day. When I get knocked down, I’ll get back up. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I’ll strive to be the grittiest.

Considering the above excerpt, if someone is to grow their grit, they’ll likely have to develop a fair amount of persistence and toughness. If something doesn’t go their way, they’ll have to be able to push forward even if it means overcoming additional stress and hardship.

Such tenacity and perseverance should be more feasible if it’s applied to a calling or an interest that someone is extraordinarily passionate about. Think about the example of Kerry Close, the National Spelling Bee champion. If she was not uncommonly excited about spelling, the three thousand hours of practice might have been an intolerable strain on her.

Not everyone will possess the “sisu” to dedicate so many hours of their life to spelling. Duckworth provides other examples in which grit garnered success. She talks about the British comedian and performer Francesca Martinez and Cinnabon president, Kat Cole.

Again, to grow one’s grit, a person will need perseverance, toughness, and discipline. A person will also need to locate what they’re truly passionate about so that they can apply their indefatigable qualities to something that they care about. Finding a calling can take some time, as can growing one’s grit. It’s unlikely that one’s grit will grow to full size overnight.

Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on
Soaring plane image

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial