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GRIT Part 2: How to have GRIT with Angela Duckworth | The James Altucher Show

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Key Takeaways

  • While we may specify personality traits, the consistency of a person’s behavior across different situations is low
    • A better way of looking at personalities is to ask “in what situations are you consistently gritty?”
  • Grit is about always wanting to move forward, not necessarily about happiness or achievement
  • “You can’t think yourself to a passion, you have to do things” – James Altucher
    • Ask yourself “what are those things that I find just stick in my brain effortlessly? And what things go right through me” – Angela Duckworth
  • Deliberate learning and practice is key to mastery, as opposed to mindless practice
  • People become more productive and creative when they come together. Thus, it’s unlikely that remote work from home becomes the norm

Intro

Personality Traits and Grit

  • Introverts aren’t stressed by all social interaction, but many prefer one on one meaningful interactions
    • “Grit is not highly related to extroversion or introversion” – Angela Duckworth
    • Gritty people just tend to be disciplined, orderly, and good at regulating their emotions
  • While we may specify personality traits, the consistency of a person’s behaviour across different situations is low
    • This brings into question the nature of personality and if it makes sense to label people with personality traits
    • A better way of looking at personalities is to ask “in what situations are you consistently gritty?”
  • Modern psychology attempts to understand what lays beneath the surface of observable behaviour

Grit = Commitment to Make Progress

  • The end goal of grit isn’t necessarily happiness or achievement
    • Rather, grit is about always wanting to move forward, it’s about a higher order goal that gives meaning and resilience
  • The prescription to how to get gritty depends on the problem
    • For instance, some people are pessimistic, or not disciplined, or don’t deliberately practice, or are just not interested
  • Understand your own interests better
    • Ask yourself “what are those things that I find just stick in my brain effortlessly? And what things go right through me” – Angela Duckworth
    • “You can’t think yourself to a passion, you have to do things” – James Altucher

On Deliberate Practice

  • Intentional learning and practice is key to mastery, as opposed to mindless practice
    • Experts repeat things, but they always reflect and learn
    • That said, creativity isn’t fully explained by deliberate practice

Bringing People Together

  • People become more productive and creative when they come together, cities are where the magic happens
    • Thus, it’s unlikely that the future of work will be working from home in pajamas
  • Moments of joint attention bring about interaction and coherence to society, but they are becoming rare
    • People doing similar things at the same time contribute to a sense of community, and facilitate creativity and innovation

Miscellaneous

  • While globalism might be trending, it’s the local economies that are facing trouble and coming into focus
    • We should incentivize local purchases; one suggestion is to introduce negative sales tax on local purchases
  • We can either stop the causes behind climate change, or we can wait for Moore’s law to work out
    • That is, more efficient solar power, cleaner nuclear fusion, bigger capacity lithium batteries, etc.
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