How to Get More Grit in Your Life

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Srinath Mahankali correctly spelling his word during the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Srinath Mahankali exhibiting grit at the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Season 6, Episode 13

This week on Freakonomics Radio: the psychologist Angela Duckworth argues that a person’s level of stick-to-itiveness is directly related to their level of success. No big surprise there. But grit, she says, isn’t something you’re born with — it can be learned. 

Plus, a man whose entire life and career are one big pile of self-improvement. Nutrition? Check. Bizarre physical activities? Check. Working less and earning more? Check. Tim Ferriss, creator of the Four-Hour universe, may at first glance look like a charlatan, but it seems more likely that he’s a wizard — and the kind of self-improvement ally we all want on our side.

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “How to Get More Grit in Your Life” and “How to Be Tim Ferriss.”

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