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"What if doing well in school and in life depends on much more than your ability to learn quickly and easily?" -- Angela Duckworth (TED)

Is Having Grit The Key To Success?

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Nov 1, 2013 (TED Radio Hour)

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About Angela Duckworth's TEDTalk

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh-graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

About Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth is an assistant professor in the psychology department at University of Pennsylvania. Her research subjects include students, West Point cadets and corporate salespeople, all of whom she studies to determine how "grit" is a better indicator of success than factors such as IQ or family income.

Find out your grit score here.

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"There is real danger of a disconnect between what's on your business card and who you are deep inside, and it's not a disconnect that the world is ready to be patient with" -- Alain de Botton (TED)

What's A Kinder Way To Frame Success?

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Nov 1, 2013 (TED Radio Hour)

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About Alain De Botton's TEDTalk

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

About Alain De Botton

Alain de Botton's writing has been described as "philosophy of everyday life." He is the author of several books, including How Proust Can Change Your Life and most recently, Art As Therapy.

In 2008, de Botton started The School of Life in London, a social enterprise determined to make learning and therapy relevant in today's uptight culture.

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"The act of smiling itself actually makes us feel better" -- Ron Gutman (TED)

Can You Smile Your Way To Success?

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Nov 1, 2013 (TED Radio Hour)

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About Ron Gutman's TEDTalk

Smile! It just might make you a success. Ron Gutman says your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being.

About Ron Gutman

Ron Gutman is the founder and CEO of HealthTap — free mobile and online apps for access to health answers and tips from a network of over 38,000 U.S.-licensed doctors. He's also led an online consumer health company that developed the world's largest community of independent health writers. Gutman is an angel investor and adviser to health and technology companies, as well as the organizer of TEDx Silicon Valley.

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"People with dirty jobs are happier than you think. As a group, they're the happiest people I know" -- Mike Rowe (TED)

Are People With 'Dirty Jobs' The Most Successful?

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Nov 1, 2013 (TED Radio Hour)

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About Mike Rowe's Talk

Follow your passion? It won't make you successful, says Mike Rowe. He believes blue collar workers, the people who make life possible for the rest of us, are unjustifiably degraded in society today — and might be the most successful people.

About Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe is a co-creator and the host of the series Dirty Jobs, where he's worked every job from chick-sexer to mushroom farmer, beekeeper to boiler repairman. Rowe is also the founder of mikeroweWORKS Foundation, which promotes supporting skilled trades and providing scholarships to young people who aspire to work in a specific trade.

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"I come to the end of the day bone-tired and victorious!" -- Tony Robbins (TED)

How Can Drive Make You A Success?

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Nov 1, 2013 (TED Radio Hour)

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About Tony Robbin's TEDTalk

Tony Robbins makes it his business to know why we do the things we do. Robbins has shared his views with millions through his seminars and his best-selling books. In this talk, he discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.

About Tony Robbins

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins advises all type of people — from CEOs to heads of state to Olympic athletes. His Anthony Robbins Foundation works with the homeless, elderly and inner-city youth, and feeds more than 2 million people annually through its International Basket Brigade.

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