Showing experience of cadets at United States Military

Showing Up by Angela Duckworth talks
about the experience of cadets at United States Military Academy at West Point
and how they maintain to pass the intensive seven-week training program called
Beast. The purpose of taking this program is to “challenge in a variety of ways
in every developmental area – mentally, physically, militarily and socially.
The system will find your weaknesses, but that’s the point West Point toughens
you”. After reading the story, I think the main key that leads people to success
is grit. During the time Duckworth worked part time in a lab at West Point, she
met Mike, one of many cadets who was struggled and ready to give up because of
the pressure at West Point. But at the end, Mike didn’t quit. She quickly realizes that grit is a key factor to those who made it
and who gave up. She also discusses about kids with grit were more likely
to be successful than the others. Nowadays, most schools tend to measure student’s
IQ based on some knowledge tests. However, I believe that hard work is always the
key aspect to overcome obstacles and help you to reach your final goal. IQ is
overrated compared to sheer determination and hard work. The idea also applies
to business world as well. As some businesses face obstacle, having people with
grit in your company is necessary because they know how to overcome and deal with
it. There are a lot of famous people who became successful through perseverance
and grit such as Bill Gates (first product was an epic failure), Albert Einstein
(was expelled from school and denied entry into university), etc. We know their
names, their faces, their influences and how they lived before the success. Grit
and perseverance are necessary to achieve greatness. Despite difficulties and
failures, we shouldn’t give up easily because it isn’t the end of the world. The
more you fail, the more you learn and the more you understand how to overcome
struggles throughout life.