Grit TedTalk by Angela Duckworth

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

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Carol Dweck: The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. 1) Are you not smart enough to solve it?  2) Or have you just not solved it yet?

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Service Dog to “SURFice” Dog

A dog handler trains her pet to be a service dog from the time it is a young puppy, only to find out that the dog has a knack for chasing birds. The owner is bummed until she finds out the dog has a gift for surfing! The dog then uses that skill to help a paralyzed young man raise money for his medical costs. The video has an inspiring ending when it shows the boy walking with assistance for the first time.

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Terry Fox Runs

ESPN tells the true story of Terry Fox, a young man from Canada who battled cancer and wanted to raise money for cancer awareness and research. Terry had his leg amputated during his battle and afterwards trained for 14 months on his artificial leg before embarking on an quest to run across Canada east to west. He planned on doing this by running a marathon a day! The story is both touching, heartbreaking, and definitely inspiring. (The extra special connection in this story is Terry’s age and what he was able to do, which connects with many students.)

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The Extra Mile

This fantastic demonstration of leadership comes to us in the story of Dick and Rick Hoyt. Rick’s umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck at birth and he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Despite this disability, Rick’s father Dick wanted Rick to be able to have the same experiences as normal people. Dick trained and conditioned to be able to run marathons and IronMan courses all while pushing, pulling, and biking Rick. Dick’s sacrifice and dedication to Rick is unparalleled.

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Anthony Robles

Anthony Robels was born with one leg and now is a National Champion in Division I College Wrestling. He is now receiving an award for perseverance. This clip features his mother explaining his story of overcoming the odds and rising above what other expected of him. While accepting the award, Anthony thanks his mother for pouring into him and for teaching him to never let what he cannot do interfere with what he can do. This clips features the perseverance of both Anthony and his mother.

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Derek Redmond

British Runner, Derek Redmond is favored to win the 400 meter race during the 1992 Olympics. Halfway through the race, he tears his hamstring. Instead of giving up, he continues to hobble toward the finish line. Breaking through security, his father runs onto the track to help him to the finish line, but lets him cross it alone. 

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Red

In this video, a boy who appears to be of about middle school age and has red hair is repeatedly picked on by a group of three older and bigger students making fun of him,  saying things like, “I bet his only friend is his mom,” and calling him Red. Another young man who had been witnessing these incidents stands up for the red-headed boy by dying his own hair red and silently sitting behind him, driving the bullies away. The purpose of this video is not that you should copy the appearance of someone being bullied and that will make everything better, but rather that it doesn’t even take words to deter bullying, it can just be you standing by a victim and being a friend.

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