At this point we know that to be a great data professional, you must be a committed autodidact. However, to be a successful autodidact, you must have true grit.
Grit is simply the perseverance to consistently practice and update your knowledge. This mini-episode gets you from zero to hero in the grit game!
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Welcome to data couture. I’m your host Jordan and on today’s data bytes, we’re going to focus on that piece underlying what it takes to be an autodidact, namely grit. We spoke a little bit about it on the main episode of this week on Monday. But now let’s get a bit more into the gritty details of grit. So grit in case you have encountered this term before is simply defined as the perseverance and passion to achieve long term goals. Sometimes you might have heard of it as a kind of mental toughness. Some have researched this topic and have suggested that grit itself is a predictor of success and the ability to reach one’s goals. And so there’s a famous researcher, her name’s Angela Duckworth.
She works and researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. And she says that research on grit has shown that for example, West Point cadets who scored the highest on the grid tests were 60% more likely to succeed in their peers. Similarly, Ivy League undergraduate students who had more grit also had higher GPA than their peers, even though they had lower LSAT scores on average and weren’t as so called Smart. Similarly, still, when comparing to people who are the same age, but have different levels of education, say people in their adult life, grit, and not simply intelligence more accurately predicts which one of those will be better educated.
Finally, competitors and the National Spelling Bee hoo hoo boys can spell better than me, even though they’re significantly younger than I am, outperform or outperform their peers, not because of their particular IQ, but because of their grit and their consistent commitment to more practice. Now, what does it take to be mentally tough for to develop your own grit? That’s easy. Well, you can deliver your work ahead of schedule for more than one day in a row. You can consistently record a podcast, for example. Or you can go every day to the gym, which personally I don’t do. However, what it takes is to just build up the grit over time, it’s like any other practice with a bunch of little wins just like you do at work, where you just build up a new employee by giving them lots of little wins to build up their abilities in your own team.
And then eventually, just like your muscles, mental toughness, your grit will become stronger and stronger over time. And then finally, once you build these habits, these gritty habits of being consistent over time for achieving your goals. You don’t need motivation. You don’t need to think about that person who you’re going to be in three years, it’s just going to come over time and you’re not even going to notice it because you have this grit and it’s just going to become a habit in your life. So as you proceed down this road of data science and the data profession, make sure that you’ve developed a grid of your own.
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