Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Successful Academic

From Katherine Mangan's "Traits of the 'Get It Done' Personality: Laser Focus, Resilience, and True Grit" in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

People who get things done and accomplish their goals often share these traits: 
  • Resilience: The ability to recover from setbacks and cope effectively with stressGrit Perseverance and passion for challenging long-term goals
  • Conscientiousness: A tendency to be orderly, self-controlled, industrious, responsible, and willing to delay gratification
  • Creativity: The willingness to break with convention, challenge the status quo, and come up with new ideas
  • Focus: The ability to zero in on one thing at a time, tune out distractions, and avoid multitasking
  • Self regulation: An awareness of what matters and the discipline to avoid temptations and see a task through