Do you have a teenager who has no interests or passions?
No real interests that is….
No interests other than gaming… (and getting to the next phase in the latest video game)…?
Or, no passions other than You Tube viewing… (and watching influencers chat non-stop about make up and hairstyle trends)…?
Getting to know one’s interests and passions is an important part of planning for life after high school.
Psychologist Angela Duckworth has found a secret to success — and how to get it.
She calls it GRIT.
This is something we need to teach our kids!
What is GRIT?!
In her research, Duckworth discovered that “no matter the domain, the highly successful had a kind of ferocious determination that played out in two ways. First, these exemplars were unusually resilient and hardworking. Second, they knew in a very, very deep way what it was they wanted. They not only had determination, they had direction.”
These high achievers were special because of a combination of passion and perseverance.
Among educators, there’s lots of talk these days about twenty-first century skills, and the need to prepare our students for the changing workplace. You can read about the six “Cs” here on my blog.
Growth mindset is another big topic of conversation. It’s a simple idea that can make a big difference in young people (and old!)
Teaching and encouraging growth mindset in the classroom creates motivation and productivity, and this can spill over into all aspects of a person’s life.
Do you remember that muffled sound played on the Peanuts cartoon, whenever a nagging teacher or parent hassled Charlie Brown’s gang?
That’s what I think I sound like to my teenagers… when I remind them to do something… or worse, when I try to teach them something.
I’m an educator by profession — I work with kids for a living. In spite of my training and experience, however, my teenagers are better off learning some skills and lessons from someone else.