Paul Tough’s book of How Children Succeed Chapter 2 talks about seven different qualities; grit, self-control, zest, social intelligence, gratitude, optimism and curiosity.
Looking at all these qualities, I thought to myself do I lack any of these? But, to my surprise, I can be represented through these qualities.
The quality of grit can be represented when a person has a commitment and makes his/her effort of making the commitment work. My commitment ever since I was seven years old was becoming a teacher. I am now on my way of becoming one and trying my best to make that possible.
The quality of self-control is represented when a person has put limitations on themselves. Example, when my friends go out on a Sunday night I limit myself on going as I have school the next day and I have studying to be done.
The quality of zest is represented when a person does the things at that moment and not postpones them. You see this with students, as most of them leave their studying for the last minute. I am not this type of person. When a task is given, I do it and get it over with.
The quality of social intelligence is represented when a person has an understanding of what is going on in the world. I have this quality as I watch the news every morning before going to school.
The quality of gratitude is represented when a person is thankful or grateful for something or someone. I am always grateful for what I have and don’t ask for anything I don’t have and don’t need. Needs vs Wants.
The quality of optimistic is represented when a person is viewing every day as a happy day. I see every day as a happy day so it goes fast and not long and depressing.
The quality of curiosity is represented when a person loves to learn new things or go exploring. I am always curious to figure out something or try something new.
If you don’t have any of those qualities, is there one that you would like to have? Why?
Tough,Paul How Childreen Succeed, 2012