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The Secret to Succeeding at Absolutely Everything

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Flickr/Anirudh Koul

As the Olympics Games in Sochi approach, there’s one story we’ll hear again and again — the one about the athlete who emerged from injury, personal hardship, or the back of the pack to win Olympic gold. Those are the Olympic stories most people love, and these athletes inspire us because the best of the bunch refuse to give up, under any circumstances.

In other words, most of us naturally admire what you might call “grit,” or the ability to maintain passion and perseverance for a very long time to achieve very big goals. That’s why we’re especially moved by the stories of athletes who have the most to overcome.

Now there’s research to back up what we already know (funny how that happens): determination counts. In fact, research by psychologists Angela Duckworth and Carol Dweck show that grit is the most important factor for success. It’s more important than IQ and social intelligence and good looks. It even matters more than talent. The good news is that you can develop and nurture grit. Find out how in my new post on WiseBread.

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10 Things You Didn’t Learn In College (but You Should Have)

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Flickr/Gaston Nievas

I used to see school as a sort of factory — one that ingested small children and spat out highly trained adults who would be snapped up by big companies that would pay them lots and lots of money.

Of course, somewhere along the way, we all tend to come to the (very crushing) realization that it doesn’t quite work that way. I think it happens right around when school stops pulling you along from one grade to the next and asks you what you’d like to do with the rest of your life. Oh, and by the way, your happiness, your financial future, and the respect of your family and friends all hang in the balance.

It’s kind of ironic that most of us head to college hoping to get smarter and end up feeling so stupid. This isn’t because college doesn’t teach you anything, but because it often tends to give the wrong impression. Check out a few things you probably didn’t learn in college — but maybe you should have – in my new post on WiseBread.com.

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