Why Grit Is More Important Than IQ When You’re Trying To Crack UPSC?

“Your Dreams are on the Other Side of Your Grit.”

If there is just one takeaway which we want you to remember long after you have closed this blog, it is these two equations:

Talent x Effort = Skill

Skill x Effort = Achievement

According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, the secret to outstanding achievement isn’t talent. Instead, it’s a special blend of persistence and passion that she calls “grit.”

Duckworth has spent years studying people, trying to understand what it is that makes high achievers so successful. And what she found surprised even her. It wasn’t IQ scores. It wasn’t even a degree from a top-ranking engineering or medical school that turned out to be the best predictor of success.

“It was this combination of passion and perseverance that made high achievers special,” Duckworth said. “In a word, they had grit.”


That’s all you need to focus as you fine tune your UPSC prep.

Being gritty, according to Duckworth, is the ability to persevere, and more! It’s about being unusually resilient and hardworking, so much so that you’re willing to continue on in the face of difficulties, obstacles and even failures. It’s about being constantly driven to improve.

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Back to the two equations now which she uses to explain this concept:

• Talent x effort = skill

• Skill x effort = achievement

Talent is how quickly your skills improve when you invest effort. Achievement is what happens when you take your acquired skills and use them.

As you can see from the equations, effort counts twice. YOUR Perseverance at the face of difficulty Counts TWICE.

What’s the practical takeaway?

1. Sign up for the test series. Make a commitment that no matter what, you will face your scores and improve on them till you gain the mastery.

2. It means that it’s OK if you aren’t the smartest person in the room or the smartest person on the UPSC prep to begin with. Make sure that the 34 tests you give in the Prime Prelims Program, all point towards an increasing growth curve.

Our mentors will be with you at every step. We know this is not the most glamorous exercise and many of you will tend to avoid this. That’s where our specially designed courses come in.

That’s where we egg you to be a better version of yourself. Every week.

Why? Because grit will always trump talent. Or as Duckworth notes, “Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.”

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By Root

Caretaker @civilsdaily

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