5-1 Discussion: Grit and Personality

5-1 Discussion: Grit and Personality

In the last module, we discussed the value of coping behaviors in managing stressors and practicing emotional regulation. In this module, we examine motivation, personality, and the importance of grit and having a growth mindset. Exercising grit and resilience is a critical component of achieving long-term goals. But where does it come from? Let’s take a deeper look at motivation and grit together.

For your initial post, complete the “How Gritty Are You?” grit assessment and the Big Five Personality Test in your webtext. Then answer the following questions:

  • Based on the grit scale and the Big Five Personality Test, what is your grit level and most dominant personality traits? Do you agree with your results?
  • What is the value of knowing your grit level and personality traits?
  • Do you agree with Rita Pierson’s position that emotional connections (positive or negative) are critical motivators for achieving long-term goals? Explain why or why not.
  • Who is your champion? (Note: This can be yourself.) How does your champion contribute to your grit or motivation?
  • How do the concepts of grit and personality apply to any of the following programmatic course themes:
    • Self-care
    • Social justice
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Career connections
    • Ethics

Remember to respond to two peers while being respectful of and sensitive to their viewpoints. Consider advancing the discussion in the following ways:

  • Post an article, video, or visual to reinforce a peer’s idea or challenge them to see their point from a different perspective.
  • Engage in conversation with your peers around the role of champions. Consider asking a question or sharing your own personal experience.