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Grit: Can Resilience Be Taught?

What makes a survivor? Grit (aka resilience) is a buzzword tossed around by social scientists these days who seek to define what makes successful people — or even cities — thrive. Why do some succeed when others don’t? Can such resilience be taught? Paige Phelps talks with some truly gritty Houstonians to learn where that […]

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What makes a survivor? Grit (aka resilience) is a buzzword tossed around by social scientists these days who seek to define what makes successful people — or even cities — thrive. Why do some succeed when others don't? Can such resilience be taught?

Paige Phelps talks with some truly gritty Houstonians to learn where that drive to succeed comes from. She also talks with officials at Pearland ISD about the basics of grit, which they teach to 10,000 students each year.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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