| | PA Radio – Episode 301: Angela Duckworth

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Grow or Slow

How do you create the appropriate balance of support and push so that your kids develop GRIT? That is precisely what Angela Duckworth [@angeladuckw], author of the book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is here to discuss. People, including kids, only develop in ways that they HAVE to. This is an interesting pillar of her studies and it points to the difference between parenting styles. When you insulate your children, you do more than keep them “safe”. Oftentimes, you end up stifling their ambitious behavior. As Angela states, children aren’t equipped with the innate desire to challenge themselves or take risks. That’s YOUR job.

Grit is not accidental, particularly in kids. It’s the result of carefully dosed stimuli including risk, failure, hardship, and payoff. And it’s exactly why gritty kids grow into even grittier adults. But the opportune word there, is “grow”. Author Angela Duckworth is here to discuss her book GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance and shed some light on the essential components to continue that growth. A combination of support and push drives a child, an adult, a Power Athlete, to achieve something that they could not have foreseen for themself. Whether you’re a parent or a coach, you know that you must stress to progress. Learn the nuances of creating the resilient child army of the future…Listen NOW!


You can find Angela Duckworth’s book on Amazon or head to the show notes for a link. She’s got a TED talk out as well so sit your little wee one down and tell them “here is why mommy told you to ride your bike to the airport”.
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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


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  3. Matthew D'Aloia on April 7, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Damn, love how Angela flipped the switch and eventually started interviewing the crew. Damn insightful and thought provoking podcast.

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