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See MacArthur winner Angela Duckworth talk about the power of grit

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Want to know the recipe for success? Angela Lee Duckworth, a University of Pennsylvania associate professor of psychology and MacArthur "genius" award winner, will deliver a lecture Thursday about the power of grit in reaching your life goals and aspirations.

In her presentation, Duckworth will review her research on grit while describing the predictive power of determination and perseverance for performance in the National Spelling Bee, graduation from West Point, graduation from the Chicago Public Schools, and other contexts.

Duckworth, who is a co-founder of Breakthrough Cambridge, an out-of-school time program, will also discuss what makes gritty people different from other individuals and explain how we can cultivate grit in ourselves and in others.

The event, presented by Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, will be held Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania, Huntsman Hall.

A pre-event Happy Hour, co-sponsored by Young Involved Philadelphia, will be held at City Tap House from 5 to 6:45 p.m. There, Breakthrough Teaching Fellows will talk about their success with students from Philadelphia’s schools.

Tickets to the lecture are $15 and include entry to the lecture and the Happy Hour. Student tickets (lecture only) are $10.

To register and purchase tickets, visit Breakthrough Philly’s website.

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