Characteristics of Grit


This module will assess levels of diligence and characteristics of grit among your students. Diligence is defined in this module as the ability to stick with unpleasant tasks in pursuit of a goal and persevere despite difficulties. It involves delayed gratification, or putting off reward until completing an important but less rewarding task. Grit is diligence and passion applied to long-term goals of personal relevance. “Grit entails working strenuously toward challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress. Whereas disappointment or boredom signals to others that it is time to change trajectory and cut losses, the gritty individual stays the course.” (Duckworth et al, 2007).



Sample Items

  • Yesterday, I finished a set amount of work before relaxing.
  • Today, I started a difficult task I had been putting off for awhile.
  • In the past seven days, I got discouraged when I encountered a setback.
  • Today, I did as little work as I could get away with.
  • In the past five school days, I gave up on something I was doing because it got difficult.


(1) Duckworth, A.L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M.D., & Kelly, D.R. (2007). Grit: Perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(6), 1087-1101.