For Grant, working on his own resume of failures is a reminder that his extensive CV doesn't tell the whole story.
"As I put this together, I've I forgotten how many times I've screwed up and how many goals I had that that I just didn't meet."
In particular, when Grant interviewed for his first teaching job after grad school, he was told that he wasn't capable of teaching MBA students. When he taught a course for military generals early on in his career, the feedback forms were overwhelmingly negative and criticized his young age. "The feedback was was pretty — what's the right term for it? — soul destroying," says Grant.
Despite the setbacks early in his career, though, Grant was persistent and committed to improve his teaching skills. That, he says, is the real key to his resume of feats.
"I don't think there's any skill more critical for success than resilience," says Grant.
"I think about resilience as the speed and strength of your response to adversity," he continues, "so when you encounter a difficulty, a hardship, a challenge, how quickly and how effectively are you able to marshal strength and either overcome that challenge or persevere in the face of it?"
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