This is the first in a series of mini-courses that looks at the characteristics of those who succeed—in life, in business, and in the classroom—have in common. Aim Academy instructor and licensed professional counselor, Bonnie Gonzalez unpacks each secret to success in her highly interactive classes and shows you how to develop it in your life. Students and parents are both encouraged to sign-up for these unique classes.
“A combination of passion and perseverance”, this is how Angela Duckworth, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania defines the concept of GRIT.
GRIT is about learning how to persevere in the face of failure. Getting back up when we fall; starting over when we fail. It is a way of redefining success not simply by your talent or your intelligence, but by changing the way you think about failure and perseverance.
Although not a skill that all of us are born with, GRIT can be learned. Would you like to learn what it takes to become gritty, find your passion, and develop perseverance? In this seven week class we will explore what GRIT really is through insights and interviews with dozens of high achievers, and by examining some of the fascinating experiments on peak performance. Then, we will take a look at our own opportunities to develop GRIT. We will learn how to foster this character quality by developing life-long interests, finding passion, purpose, and commitment in both ourselves and through helping others; and by teaching GRIT to ourselves.
Parents, this class is open to you as well. Special sessions will be given to not only improve your own GRIT, but also to also show you how to encourage and help your children develop passion and perseverance in their lives. Additionally, one free parent registration is offered with each student registration.
This class begins Thursday, January 11th and runs for 7 weeks. We will meet Thursday afternoon from 2:00 – 3:30 ET for a live lecture/discussion and application of GRIT principles.
Suggested requirements: Since this is given online, a computer with high speed internet is required.
Outline and Topics for the Class:
Week 1: The Concept and Importance of GRIT
Week 2: Intelligence and Talent vs. GRIT
Week 3: Exploring Our Own Interests
Week 4: What so Important About Practice, and Other Factors Related to GRIT
Week 5: Passion, Purpose, and Commitment
Week 6: Hope: How to Teach Yourself and Your Kids to be Gritty
Week 7: Living Out GRIT: Doing the Hard Things