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Make doggedness a family trait

21 March
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Michael Grose

Want your child to maximise his or her success at school, and beyond?

Stupid question, as we all want our kids to maximise their potential. I know I certainly did, I and still do. Even though my kids are in their twenties I still encourage them to be successful in all their endeavours. Pushing your kids comes with the job of parenting.

So what are the keys to success? Talent is one key, but that alone won’t get you far. There are talented kids everywhere who squander what they have.

By far, the biggest factor impacting kids’ achievement levels is hard work. I’m not just talking about work ethic, although that’s a factor. It’s the ability to stick at a task until you work it out.

Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, described twenty-something American student Renee, who took 22 minutes to work out a complicated math question.

What’s the big deal? Well, it is a big deal because the average student gives up after THREE minutes. They ask for help, rather than work through the problem.

Renee is unusual as she persisted for 22 minutes until she got the solution.
The funny thing is, is that she doesn’t describe herself as a good maths student. But she is highly successful at Math.

Doggedness rather than talent is her forte.

Success is a function of persistence and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes until you make sense of something that most people would give up on after 30 seconds.

So embed doggedness and determination into your family culture, and you’ll be handing your kids the keys to ongoing achievement.

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