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The Science of Success

Grit is the greatest predictor of success. 

A study done by a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania did a study on the ‘science of achievement’, the study aimed to isolate components that separate success and failure.


The study revealed that that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”


Grit—a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal—is the hallmark of high achievers in every domain.

Applying Grit to Career Design

Goals work in harmony with one another. Each goal leads to another goal and ends up leading to one north star. 

A North Star is personal career mission or objective that is being pursued over a sustained period of time. 

The North Star is broken into mid-level goals which is then broken down into low-level goals. This way, large, seemingly unattainable goals become more and more achievable as it gets broken into into smaller and more achievable goals. 

Career models are not born equal. 

We have identified 4 career models commonly adopted regardless of whether it is adopted deliberately or not. These career models are not born equal, one of them, "The Resilient" is scientifically proven to lead to more outcomes related to success. 

Career designs in action. 
Simulating Career Models to Real-World Scenarios
Cliff Jameson

Meet Cliff 

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"When I was in my 20s, I dreamt of being a Theoretical Physicist, I ended up working in a bank for the rest of my life."

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Now imagine if Cliff had a time machine and could turn back time, what would he have done differently?