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Getting Gritty in 2020

Posted By Lucas Boling, The Missouri Bar, Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Lucas Boling

What are your long-term goals as a CLE professional and how committed are you to achieving those goals?

Before saying goodbye to 2019, I finished reading GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, PhD, a book recommended by my ACLEA friend and colleague, Linda Russell.  Through research findings and interviews with successful athletes, educators, and business leaders, Dr. Duckworth explores how achieving long-term goals is less about talent and more about passion and perseverance, which she calls grit. 

Curious about just how gritty you are? You can take Dr. Duckworth’s free 45-second grit survey here: http://angeladuckworth.com/grit-scale/.

Regardless of how you score on that scale, the good news is that grit can be grown over time.  Additionally, we have the ability to create a work culture that attracts, retains, and encourages others who have the passion and persistence to build a successful CLE organization.

As you examine your personal and professional goals for the new year, I recommend taking time to read Dr. Duckworth’s book. It is filled with real-life examples of grit that are instructional and inspirational, no matter where you are in life or in your career as a CLE professional.  Short on time? Take a few minutes to check out her TED Talk on the subject at https://youtu.be/H14bBuluwB8 .  

Best wishes for a gritty and successful 2020!

Tags:  CLE professional  goals  grit 

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