Dujeepa D. Samarasekera & Matthew C. E.
Centre for Medical Education (CenMED), NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Health System, Singapore

What we eventually accomplish may depend more on passion and perseverance than on our innate talent.

—Angela Duckworth, Grit: The power of passion and perseverance, 2016 

There is now strong and compelling research evidence that individual grit (i.e. the combination of passion and perseverance of an individual for a given task—independent of the domain) is a better predictor of an individual’s potential for success in the future work environment (and, therefore, presumably one’s lifetime achievements as well) than just one’s innate talent. For example, cadets who gain admission into prestigious military institutions like West Point and the Army Special Operation Forces in the USA, are often selected from student cohorts with high scholastic achievements and excellent sportsmen: thus, acceptance into these prestigious institutions is highly competitive—requiring, both, intense physical endurance and high mental agility. However, …

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