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Everything about you, from height to extraversion to IQ to grit, is influenced by your genes. But no matter your genes, so much of your destiny is under your control.

Angela Duckworth

 Of course, innate talent does matter. In other words, the DNA you inherited from your mom and dad, influence the odds of success in any career. 

Angela Duckworth

My lab has found that this measure beats the pants off I.Q., SAT scores, physical fitness and a bazillion other measures to help us know in advance which individuals will be successful in some situations.

Angela Duckworth

I not only find psychology interesting — and it not only captures my attention — but I feel like my work is purposeful in a sense that it could benefit other people.

Angela Duckworth

You cannot will yourself to be interested in something you’re not interested in. But you can actively discover and deepen your interest.

Angela Duckworth

The word resilience is used differently by different people. And to add to the confusion, the ways people use it often have a lot of overlap.

Angela Duckworth

Nothing could be farther from the truth

Angela Duckworth

Probably the finding that most surprised me was that in the West Point data set, as well as other data sets, grit and talent either aren't related at all or are actually inversely related.

Angela Duckworth

When I’m working from home, I’m either sitting cross-legged in a lounge chair with a cat and laptop on my lap, or typing in bed or on my yoga mat. 

Kelly McGonigal

Most people feel like willpower failures—in control one moment but overwhelmed and out of control the next

Kelly McGonigal

My #1 rule: no desk. I just can’t think or do good work at a desk, and every desk I’ve had becomes a storage space for piles of scientific papers.

Kelly McGonigal

I don't have any willpower, but my sister has lots of willpower. Or Olympian athletes, they must have tons of willpower.

Kelly McGonigal

Once you appreciate that going through stress makes you better at it, it can be easier to face each new challenge.

Kelly McGonigal

Stress isn’t always harmful.

Kelly McGonigal

I define willpower as the ability to do what matters most, even when it’s difficult or when some part of you doesn’t want to.

Kelly McGonigal

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