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Dr. Troy P. Roddy

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The 2 G's of Success and Satisfaction in School

One of my favorite TED talks was delivered by Angela Duckworth (see video above). In her talk, Angela suggests the common quality among highly successful people is grit.

With Thrivapy, I work to help students, parents, and teachers find greater success AND satisfaction in their educational experiences. So, after watching this talk I have been reflecting on the question, "If grit is an essential quality for success, what is the equivalent of grit for satisfaction?"

The answer I keep coming back to over and over again is growth. In growth, one sees progress and can measure the value of working hard on something that matters. The growth measured serves to motivate, help set new goals, and serves as justification for the purpose one is serving as a result of that progress.

There is a great deal of satisfaction to be had from committing to a goal, putting in the effort to achieve that goal, and being able to look back on the progress you have made. This growth, over a period of time and combined with the lessons you learn from setbacks along the way (grit), leads to what we call success.

Satisfaction and success are two elements we all seek in our lives and especially in our educational experiences. While one G (grit) appears to foster success, another G (growth) may be the key to the other element - satisfaction.