Will your child be successful in school? In sports? In life? As a parent, this can be quite a stressful question to ask ourselves. We may attempt to avoid thinking about it for awhile, but every day our kids get closer and closer to having to make it on their own. It is our job to make sure we give our kids the skills they need to have the best chance at success.
In order to do this, we need to know what attributes are reliable predictors of success in people. Does intelligence guarantee success? Good looks? Sociability? While all of these things might help a person find success, I’m sure we can all think of someone who possesses some or all of these attributes but hasn’t attained the level of success we might expect. According to Angela Duckworth, none of these skills predict success as much as another factor: grit.
In her Ted talk, Duckworth defines grit as “…passion and perseverance for very long term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality.”
We’re all probably familiar with the expression, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” This is becoming a rarer and rarer thing to witness in our children. Many kids start out with goals in different areas: mastering a musical instrument, making a sports team, or earning a Black Belt. However, once the excitement of a new activity wears off, kids often want to quit. Obviously, this causes kids to never really get good at anything, which can cause self-esteem issues and anxiety.
Kids (and adults, too) with grit are able to push through tough times, knowing that success is simply a matter of sticking with someone and working hard until success is achieved. Setting tough but measurable goals and seeing them through to the end is vital for us all if we want to truly reach our potential. As parents, we need to model this skill for our kids, and give them opportunities to practice grit. Encouraging (and sometimes even forcing) our kids to continue working can pay big dividends long-term. In this case, temporary struggles can lead to greater big picture happiness and success!
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Founded in 2017 by Master James Lockett, a 5th degree Black Belt and Master Instructor, United States Taekwondo offers Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up that are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.
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About Master James Lockett: James is a fifth-degree black belt and certified master instructor. He has a Master’s Degree in Education from Framingham State University. He has been teaching martial arts for over 25 years. Master Lockett is a passionate educator who has taught all over the United States and Korea.
United States Taekwondo offers the best in martial arts training in both north Austin (Wells Branch) and south Austin (Buda). United States Taekwondo serves Buda, Kyle, Austin, and Pflugerville.