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The key to success? Grit.

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Jessica Thompson

on 22 October 2013

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Transcript of The key to success? Grit.

The key to success? Grit.
3 Scopes
1) Doing well in school and in life depends on much more than your ability to learn quickly and easily.

2) Talent doesn't make you gritty.

3) Ability to learn is not fixed, it can change with your effort.

Rhetorical Devices
a) Amplification was used during the speech,

"…from a motivational perspective, from a psychological perspective."

"Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint."

b) Rhetorical Questions

"What if doing well in school and in life depends on much more than your ability to learn quickly and easily?"

c) Asyndeton

"The kinds of things you need to learn in seventh grade math, sure, they're hard: ratios, decimals, the area of a parallelogram.

Thesis
The thesis of "The key to success? Grit" is that grit is a significant predictor of success.
Logic or Persuasion?
The speech relies on persuasion.
Audience
The audience for this speech is parents.
The thesis is explicit.

"In all those very different contexts, one characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn't social intelligence. It wasn't good looks, physical health, and it wasn't I.Q. It was grit."
Throughout the speech, "we", "us", and "our kids" were used.
Course of Action
"In other words, we need to be gritty about getting our kids grittier."
Oration
Angela successfully used hand gestures, memorization, and eye contact. She kept a steady pace and had a very calm voice.
Mediums
The speech was located at a Ted conference.

Angela used a microphone that was attached to her shirt. It was very unnoticeable and overall aids in the delivery of the speech.
Clincher: "We need to take our best ideas, our strongest intuitions, and we need to test them. We need to measure whether we've been successful, and we have to be willing to fail, to be wrong, to start over again with lessons learned."



The arguments rely more on persuasion.

She uses personal experiences and observations.
"When I was 27 years old, I left a very demanding job in management consulting for a job that was even more demanding: teaching."

She also uses persuasive techniques.
Grabber and Clincher
Grabber: "When I was 27 years old, I left a very demanding job in management consulting for a job that was even more demanding: teaching."

The first time she realized grit played a role in success.

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