Thursday, December 15, 2005
In this month's Psychology Today is a great article by Peter Doskoch entitled The Winning Edge. In sum,
We're primed to think that talent is the key to success. But what counts even more is a fusion of passion and perseverance. In a world of instant gratification, grit may yield the biggest payoff of all.In the Editor's note at the beginning of the issue Kaja Perina comments on Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford University.
He told of blazing a trail to the top of Apple, only to be ousted at age 30 after a board dispute. Jobs was appropriatelly devastated, until he realized that being fired didn't alter his approach to his work. On the contrayry it was the best thing that could have befallen him: "I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything . . . It freed me to enter one of the most successful periods of my life."