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WHY OBSESSING OVER TALENT CAN BE HARMFUL

@DURMONSKI

"Is talent a bad thing? Are we all equally talented?  No and no!"

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 Angela Duckworth | Grit

"The ability to quickly climb the learning curve of any skill is obviously a very good thing, and, like it or not, some of us are better at it than others."

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 Angela Duckworth | Grit

"So why, then, is it such a bad thing to favor “naturals” over “strivers”?"

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 Angela Duckworth | Grit

"Why shouldn’t we separate children as young as seven or eight into two groups: those few children who are “gifted and talented” and the many, many more who aren’t?"

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 Angela Duckworth | Grit

"What harm is there, really, in a talent show being named a “talent show”?"

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 Angela Duckworth | Grit

"In my view, the biggest reason a preoccupation with talent can be harmful is simple:"

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 Angela Duckworth | Grit

"By shining our spotlight on talent, we risk leaving everything else in the shadows."

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 Angela Duckworth | Grit

"We inadvertently send the message that these other factors—including grit—don’t matter as much as they really do."

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 Angela Duckworth | Grit

@durmonski

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