Grit and the Indian Civil Services Aspirants: A Perfect Match
The path to India’s prestigious Civil Service is often described as grueling, testing both the intellectual prowess and emotional mettle of aspirants. As thousands embark on this rigorous journey every year, the timeless teachings of Angela Duckworth’s “Grit” seem especially relevant.
Duckworth’s central premise is that passion and sustained perseverance, more than innate talent, are indicators of long-term success. She argues that individuals who show unwavering commitment and put in consistent effort towards their long-term goals demonstrate grit.
Now, let’s draw parallels with the Civil Services Examination (CSE) journey. The process demands more than just intelligence. It requires an undying spirit to learn, revise, attempt, fail, and then start all over again until one succeeds. This cycle could stretch over several years. Isn’t this a testament to grit?
Moreover, Duckworth talks about the ‘effort count twice’ concept, implying that effort plays a significant role in determining both skill and achievement. For CSE aspirants, this resonates deeply. Acquiring knowledge is essential, but the consistent effort to refine that knowledge for the exam holds paramount importance.
Another lesson from “Grit” is the growth mindset, the belief that abilities can be developed over time. Aspirants might falter in their first or even second attempt, but it’s the unwavering faith in one’s potential and the tenacity to bounce back that makes the difference.
In conclusion, every Civil Services aspirant should delve into Duckworth’s “Grit”. It not only validates the hardships they endure but also offers a scientific perspective on why and how grit can be the game-changer in their CSE journey. After all, it’s not just about cracking an exam; it’s about the relentless pursuit of a dream!
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