Developing Grit and Resiliency | Cleveland State University Professional Development Center in Cleveland


Developing Grit and Resiliency

Course Description

The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence called “grit.” Many believe it’s the key to success. Many believe it’s something innate, a part of the gene pool that you inherit and “get.” Talent is an obvious component to having a successful and fulfilling career — but what happens when it doesn’t work hard? Overturning the long-held notion that talent is the underlying factor to all success, Angela Duckworth counters with an argument that a little passion and a lot of perseverance actually go further than talent itself. Whether you’re a genius or a natural in an area no longer matters: ‘grit’ (the combo of passion and perseverance) allows us all to be geniuses in any area and allows us to no longer rely on luck or pure talent. Her perspective is a motivating understanding of how people work and how important passion is to the career you choose and the work you do. Passion will always outwork talent and loving what you do has never been so important.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Know why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal
  • Understand how grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances
  • Understand how lifelong interest is triggered
  • Know how much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy
  • Know which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high standards
  • Understand the magic of the hard thing rule


November 16, 2017
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


CSU's Monte Ahuja College of Business, 1860 E. 18th St., Cleveland, OH 44115 (map)

CEUs: 0.7

Fee: $350

To receive the EARLY BIRD RATE, you must register at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the course. Corporate, CSU Student, Alumni and Organization membership discounts available!

Course Benefits

Competency-Based Professional Development: Our programs increase learner retention through application, which results in a more productive workforce.  Students demonstrate their competence by successfully completing a course assessment.

All Inclusive: Each course delivered at CSU includes materials, pre-test and post-test, coffee, snacks, lunch and convenient, on-site parking.

Educated and Experienced Instructors: Our instructors bring years of real-world, classroom and CPA, CFA, SHRM, PhD and MBA experience. Many hold leadership positions in northeast Ohio organizations and have taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Cost-Effective: The course is designed to minimize travel expenses and time away from work.

Convenient: Flexible schedules are not only an attractive option, but a necessary for busy professionals.

Networking Opportunities: Learn from instructors and colleagues who have a variety of industry experiences to share.

Audit option: Students have the option to audit a course they have already attended at no charge within one academic year. Interested students must notify the ProDev office requesting to audit a course a minimum of 10 business days prior to the course start date to ensure there is enough seating. Audit students are responsible for their own parking and lunches. New materials will not be provided.

Corporate, Custom Availability: Can be custom-tailored to the needs of your organization to provide skills your workforce can apply immediately as a corporate training if requested.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued if notification is not received seven business days prior to the first day of class. Registrants who cancel will receive a refund, less a $50 processing fee, if we receive written notification a minimum of seven business days prior to the first day of class.