What does it take to have grit? What does it take to persevere and finally reach the goals we’ve been talking about for the past few years or maybe the past few decades? Angela Duckworth is a professor of psychology and a pioneer in grit research. In study after study, she has found that “where talent counts once, effort counts twice,” which is outlined in this formula: Talent x Effort = SKILL Skill x Effort = ACHIEVEMENT When you apply more effort to a talent, you get a skill. And when you apply effort to a skill, you get achievement. Without effort, your talent is just untapped potential. And without effort, your skill is just something you could’ve done, but never did. That is why grit counts twice, and that is why it’s such an important factor.