What is grit?  It's "sticking with things over the very long time until you master them" (Duckworth)

"Grit is one of the best predictors of success, even more than IQ, social intelligence, good looks, or physical health." - Dr. Sherry Woosley


Focus + Effort + Recovery = GRIT

adapted from “Grit and the First-Year Student”  




GRIT Events

11:30am-1:30pm at the BTSU Mezzanine unless otherwise noted
Free swag, temporary tattoos and Ziggy Points!

Drop in for some swag and fun activities designed to get you thinking about grit!  We’ll be out on campus on the dates listed below – most events will be held at midday in the BTSU mezzanine.

  • Sep 23 - Building block towers in the Union Oval
  • Oct 24-28 - GRIT Week - see below for daily activities
  • Nov 16 - Hula hoops!
  • Jan 24 - Build structures out of Legos! Completing a simple set of instructions with a visible end product will help you be achievement oriented. 
  • Feb 15 - TBA
  • Mar 27-31 - GRIT Week - see below for daily activities
  • Apr 21 - Complete an interactive obstacle course! Work on building your resilience and perseverance and be a Grit Ninja.  This event will be held on the clock tower lawn outside the Education and Business Admin buildings, weather permitting.

BG Grit Week - Fall 2016

Mon Oct 24 – Fri Oct 28
BTSU Mezzanine
Ziggy Points and swag!

Learn to develop grit via fun, interactive activities that you can do in 10 minutes or less over your lunch hour or as you're passing through the Union.  We’ll have a different task every day, as well as a “Question of the Day” and some swag.  Stop by the BTSU mezzanine to add your response or read what other students are saying about grit!

Monday - Get Informed

Come by to help us kick off GRIT Week! Never heard about GRIT? Want to learn about how to foster GRIT in your own life? Try out our matching game where you will use your deductive skills to figure out what goes into being gritty.

Tuesday - Get Resilient

Build tenacity in the face of mistakes and failures. We’ll be playing ball-in-a-cup, and you’ll have one minute to hone your skills and learn from your mistakes!

Wednesday - Get Fishin’

Use your endurance and strategy to build mad skills. We will be fishing for whiffle balls - catch three to win the game!

Thursday - Get In Your Mind

How good are you at reading in between the lines? Come try out our very own Stroop test where you have to read the colors of the ink, not the word itself. How fast can you do it without making a mistake?

Friday – Get Courage

With Halloween right around the corner, what better way to celebrate then stopping by and facing your fear! Try out our “fear factor” game – reach into the buckets and guess what gross, spooky things are in there!

The Grit Challenge: #BGritty

Want more activities to build your grit?

Try out some activities from our 2015-2016 GRIT Challenge!  During that school year we had a series of monthly challenges – fun tasks that could increase your grit factor.  The challenge instructions are still available online; check out the left navigational bar to link to each.  Then complete your challenge and post to the Counseling Center’s facebook page.  Complete as many or as few challenges as you want – and challenge your friends!


Being gritty means:

  • Finishing what you begin
  • Staying committed to your goals
  • Working hard even after experiencing failure or when you feel like quitting
  • Sticking with a project or activity for more than a few weeks

How do I grow it?

It’s important to know that there are still a lot of open questions about grit, including the degree to which it is a teachable skill and, to the extent it can be learned, how best to teach it. Though the research about grit is still emerging, there are some ideas about how you might develop grit.

Cultivate a growth mindset and optimism.

The idea of grit is related to both optimism and a growth mindset. When you believe that setbacks are temporary and that problems are surmountable with effort and ingenuity, you’ll likely try harder, or try another tactic, when you encounter obstacles.

Challenge yourself in your practice.

Research on world-class experts in music, sports, chess, and other domains suggest that thousands of hours of deliberate practice are necessary to achieve the highest skill level. Often, when we look at those who are successful in their field, we don’t see the hidden hours of gritty and grueling practice it took to get there. We believe that productive practice should focus on weaknesses, feel difficult, be repetitive, and include immediate and informative feedback.

Stay passionate about your purpose.

Grit isn’t just hard work and persistence—it’s also passion for a personally meaningful goal. Determine the topic or activity that captures your attention the most, and work on developing grit in that area. Enhance your practice and interest by working with role models, coaches, and peers to develop that interest and skill over time.



Some additional reading:

Angela Duckworth, Christopher Peterson, Michael Matthews, Dennis Kelly, "Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals"

Carol Dweck and Greg Walton, "Academic Tenacity: Mindsets and Skills that Promote Long-Term Learning."