“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” –Japanese Proverb

J.K. Rowling. Bill Gates. Oprah Winfrey. These are no doubt names that most students recognize as successful. But what often goes overlooked is the perseverance needed to achieve success, and that successful people—including these household names—often overcome great obstacles. To that end, the conversation in schools has shifted to resilience and grit, recognizing that people who demonstrate determination often end up being movers and shakers in today’s world.

Thanks to pioneering work by Carol Dweck, Martin Seligman, and Angela Duckworth, we now know that the ability to cope and persevere through setbacks and adversity...

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  • About the Author:

    Christina Pirzada, M.Ed., is the SEL program manager at Newsela. Before joining Newsela, she taught middle-school literacy and produced network-wide curriculum and professional development at Alpha Public Schools in San Jose and RePublic Charter Schools in Nashville.