Join our interview with the University of Pennsylvania's brilliant Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., the leading authority on the study of GRIT (perseverance and sustained interest in long-term goals) — 12/16/11 —
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1.  The Angela Duckworth Interview 12/16/11 — Info here
2.  What's My Line?  (Guess Our Mystery Guest)


1. Angela Duckworth Interview 12/16/11

Join me for a wonderful conversation with Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and arguably the world's leading expert on the study of GRIT (perseverance and sustained interest in long-term goals).

DATE: Friday, December 16, 2011
TIME: 1:00 pm to 2:20 pm Eastern (New York time)
12:00 pm to 1:20 pm Central (Dallas time)
11:00 am to 12:20 pm Mountain (Denver time)
10:00 am to 11:20 am (San Francisco time)
To Register and Receive the Recording, click here

If you have any doubt about attending, watch her video at TEDxBLUE: True Grit-Can Perseverance be Taught?


Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.  All background info is here.  But for a fascinating picture of her, try this.

If you've got a copy of Marty Seligman's latest book, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, take a look at chapter 6.  The entire chapter is an extended testimonial to Angela's intellectual gifts and to her research on grit and self-control.

A few nuggets:

  • "Angela was fast, about as fast mentally as it is possible for a human being to be, and she blew us away in the interview."

  • Angela entered graduate school knowing little of the psychological literature, but her ability to master new material was "as breathtaking as her speed.  ... (No) student I have known learned at the rate that Angela did...Within months, my other students (and I) were going to Angela for advice about the literature and methodology in the psychology of intelligence."

  • Marty encouraged Angela to submit her first-year thesis for publication.  The result?  It was not only accepted, it "was the first time in my experience that I saw an acceptance by return mail from a top journal, and with no request for any major revisions."

Angela's research is fascinating and relevant to coaching and applied positive psychology.  She studies such non-IQ competencies as grit and self-control that predict success both academically and professionally.  Her research populations have included West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee finalists, novice teachers, salespeople, and students.

How do such factors as perseverance and sustained interest in long-term goals play a central role in our success?  How can we measure them?  How can we increase them?  Great questions.

Sign up for the interview and recording here.  Take a look at her Ted video.  And I'll see you next week!

RESOURCES ON ANGELA:  An extensive bio and live links to more than 40 research studies, videos, and popular articles about Angela's work are here.


2. What's My Line?  (Guess Our Mystery Guest)

Someone cool has created an astonishing new Positive Psychology Master Class.  Hint: An astounding mind...a founder of Positive Psychology...a celebrated teacher...award winning...the best scrabble player in selling textbook in PP...unpretentious...major sports fan...tall...highly cited...hates to fly...very funny.

Can you guess the name of this amazing teacher?  Care to guess the name of his new class?  (He'll be arriving on 8 Mondays at 1:00 pm beginning 1/30/12).  Details coming soon.

Our Mystery Guest
Enter all guesses about his identity and the name of his
new class under his picture
on this page.


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