Success: True, Grit

As a professor of Illustration, I have the great fortune of teaching some of the most promising artists in the world. Talents, skills and smarts are exhibited daily. The lessons and projects that I share with my students are designed to build on their abilities and to help propel to a lifetime of art making in the commercial realm. But what factor is crucial to to their success beyond the lessons and experiences of the classroom? What pushes students over the last hurdle from amateur to professional in our competitive field? I think University of Pennsylvania professor and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Angela Lee Duckworth, is on to something: Grit.

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