Grit and Resilience

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Grit can contribute to an individual’s baseline level of resilience. As defined by Angela Duckworth, grit is passion and persevere for long-term goals. An individual may have a high level of grit toward things they are passionate about, and a lower level of grit toward less enticing aspects of their life.


Resilience is the ability to adapt to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress (work, family/relationship problems, health problems, and financial stress). It means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences. Resilience is not uncommon – people are able to overcome significant challenges. Have you ever met someone and thought, “how do they do it?” The road to being a resilient individual may be a challenging one and can cause emotional distress along the way. Resilience involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.