Genius or Grit?

February 1, 2019

Talents and genius is something everyone is born with, but humans seem to think that genius only counts for people with high IQs and thinking skills. While in reality, the real talents are the people who have passion and perseverance on the work they do and how they react when they come in contact with failure. People should not think the way that others want them to feel and make their own route to success. There are many ways a person can show grit, for example, having courage, motivation, perseverance. Duckworth’s research predicts that having a high IQ is helpful when explaining how smart a person is, however, it doesn’t clarify If the person is successful. The core part of learning has grit which is a mindset on learning after the failures a personal encounter. Grit is a personality trait that can help the mind go towards a goal, upcoming challenges and sticking with it even though things are hard. It the ability to keep working also if there are setbacks or failures.

In the education system, most of the students set their goals depending on the people around them. They receive pressure from their parents or teachers which makes them think that success is mandatory. For a long time, educators and parents both tried to explore the possible actions to take out the best in children. They believe using the potential of children and growing on it for future use is a very effective method, but the ways the adults want to use that potential and the ways the students want to use it are different. “Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.” (Duckworth, 67) The welder of the potential is the person who gets to choose what to do with it. The advanced human nature makes the brain believe that success is grown from freedom of choice. In fact, in the book, Angela Duckworth explains a very unpleasant defeat of parents who planted the stress and pressure in children’s mind. “In the United States, more than 1.2 students are dropping out of high schools.” (74) Multiply that by the number of high schools in America and that is the number of students who don’t have a full education. Then Angela Duckworth talks about helping students grow grit so that failures in life come as an opportunity for them. Grit helps students to stand out more than others, overcome challenges that would hold them back otherwise.

Even though the implementation of grit was one of the ways of telling students to have a strong will power yet there are a lot of people who disagree with the idea. Indeed, that every idea has a contrary viewpoint and it’s because the people who find the negative views are the people who never experienced grit before. This brings people to think that grit is a lifestyle choice, not a personality. Grit is something that person is born with or grew up with, and can also be a choice a person can make to overlook things that they would typically make a big deal out of. “Grit is living life as a marathon, not a sprint” (58) This quote is the most famous phrases in the book, and it has a far greater meaning than just a metaphor. She explains her observations by giving evidence on the school children she taught before. She says in her TED talk that during the inspections, she learnt that students with high IQ levels were not always more likely to be more successful in the future. She also found out that students with a healthy mindset; grit has a higher chance of graduating. Many of the students who do have grit in which some have problems of their own, such as family incomes, standard IQ, or activities outside of school.

Duckworth also seems to have a keen interest in growing grit for other students. She believes that even thou grit is something a person may be born with, setting the right minds to think grittier is also a favourite subject among the education system. In a lot of the current schools, they are trying to help students balance their personal life and school life without a slip in either one. “Nobody wants to show you the hours and hours of becoming. They’d rather show the highlight of what they’ve become.” (55) This is a perfect example from the book which talks about the hard works that people don’t want to go through. For example, exam scores; students don’t want to study for an exam, they want to get a good score. Some students don’t understand the give and take for studying is equal to a good exam score but always wants to jump to the answer. Growing grit is the same thing, it might be challenging to change the way a person’s thinking overnight but through the times of the becoming, there will always something good at the end. This is something the students agree, it may be the sudden change in action but also the support and motivation for some student to set a course of mindset. With teachers also having the move for more balance, they become more motivated to help students which Duckworth theorised to be the most effective way to grow grit. All in all, it can be seen the motivation and support is an essential factor when it comes to increasing grit in students.

No one has gone through life successfully without facing some failures. Growth can be seen as a maze where people have to find their way out of it by trying different routes to see which one leads them to success. Students and adults all face hard times and becoming more grittier can help them overlooked things that can be ignored as they take it as a lesson learnt. If we keep building grit in the students then out minds can automatically support others as well.

What had changed in Russia from 1905 to 1939?  

The Russian monarchy was replaced by the Bolsheviks. The Russian monarchy ruled for the last two centuries of many queens and kings. The Bolsheviks believed in Lenin to assist them out of poverty. There were many uprisings to overthrow the Russian monarchy and famine was getting worse, and once the people wises were met and Lenin became the new leader of Russia. When Lenin became the leader, he made his own party, but not many of the commoners’ expectations were not met. After Lenin passed away, Stalin took his place. Stalin believed in the absolute industrial grow of Russia. Anyone that betrayed or talked against his wishes will die or be sent to a prison camp where they will be worked to death.  Stalin established collective Stalin and farmers had moved out of the country. All the products had from the collective farms were taken and sent to the rich and powerful. There left nothing for the commoners and left them working through cold winters in empty stomachs.  

What had stayed the same in Russia from 1905 to 1939?  

When Lenin became the leader of Russia, he promised the people to support him for a better future and fight famine, however, a lot of his supporters were disappointed on the declining changes that they have excepted. Of course, Lenin tried to keep the promise he had made or the Russian people, but it did not work as he thought it would come with his unprepared death in 1924. The high and mighty was still as powerful as before, and the poor was still as weak and powerless.  

In 1939, how were Sergei’s and Alexander’s lives the same or different from 1905?  

Sergei’s life changed dramatically as many of the original Russian soldiers had to become red soldiers, and a lot of them had to change posts in the prison camps and in different border lines. What stayed the same is the way the soldiers were treated better than the labourers. Sergei still got the average amount of food as he did as Alexander still roamed the streets without food in his stomach. 

Was it worth it?  

No, the Russian Revolution had the Russian people’s lives on the line of one person becoming an overpowered ruler. Anyone that defied Stalin’s choices will be killed, people will suddenly disappear and once they did, they never came back. They were no civil rights to the people where everything they owned, including food, were taken and the Russian troops only served the government and existing in that purpose. There was no food to feed any of the commoners. The government had no money to feed their workers after the first world war. Stalin spent all the government money that was left to build bridges and dams.

The chosen to do a magazine cover again because there is one particular character in Bleak Hosue that would really be suited to be one a magazine; Lady Dedlock. Lady Dedlock has one of the highest stands in the British Society and most of all, I believed from the start of the book that she was hiding something behind her back and later in the book it is discovered that she had a secret engagement and a child. When Lady Dedlock is protracted from the outside, she often acts very high and mighty like part of the royals. However, in the inside, she is hiding a dark secrete. Later she discovers that after the tragic accident of her family dying, her fiancé actually survived, lived in abject poverty, then overdosed on opium, and her child survived after was raised in secret by her own malicious and vindictive sister.

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The book, Bleak House by Charles Dickens really studies in depths of how important people’s identity have on their titles. Bleak House is not a kind of book where the main character that was born in a lower class family falls in love with a higher class man then they live happily ever after. Then they won’t be called Bleak House but Happy House. The book is about murder, thoughts of suicide, and the impacts the person’s identity have on the cover they are shown. I know in Old London; the class a person was born in means what they will be for the rest of their lives. Does not matter if the person is a genius, if they were born in the lower ranks, there was no way to move up the class unless the person marries a high ranking official which rarely happens. But in Bleak House, the journey of finding the main and along with the side characters all start to develop a trait that does not match the society they live in.

“What the destitute subject of such an offer tried to say, I need not repeat. What she did say, I could more easily tell, if it were worth the telling. What she felt, and will feel to her dying hour, I could never relate. (Chapter 3, Page 52, Charles Dickens)” This is Esther talking to herself as a third person. This line reflects on the moments when Esther was a young girl to when she is an adult. Esther is forced to talk about her place in the world in a person’s body that is a stranger to who she really is. I believe this intersects with what the theme of the book is because of the narrators’ half of the book in what she thinks of herself. Esther herself is a very admirable character even though she was grown into a house of austere people. She is an example of a role in Bleak House that made her way up the pyramid and discovered her true self.

“Dare I hint at that worse time when strung together somewhere in great black space, there was a flaming necklace, or ring, or starry circle of some kind, of which I was one of the beads! And when my only prayer was to be taken off from the rest and when it was such inexplicable agony and misery to be a part of the dreadful thing? (Chapter 35, page 5 of the chapter)” This line was also from the first half where Esther narrates the story, and here, she talks about how she had a vision where she was part of an accessory, and she was one of the beads tied with the many beads next to her. They are helpless, cannot be taken off and just to be hung there with agony and misery. This states that she sees herself in a closed society wherein novel is set in (I think Charles Dickens made a perfect metaphor here). Moreover, I believe that Esther imagines herself in this world because she has always lived an everyday life and it’s a loop that goes over and over again; just like the beads on a necklace.

“Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. (Chapter 1, page 1)” The narrator is describing the setting of the city the book is set in, but also shows the main idea on what the book is based on. Charles Dickens mentions a fog, and the fog is everywhere, and he is right. The mist has a very London like feeling and also portraits that the fog surrounds the city. Connects everyone, does not matter if a person is from a lower class or a higher class, the fog is everywhere and does not exclude anything/anybody. This may be thought of my own after reading the book, but the mist also spreads everywhere in the city in a heartbeat, this can tell us something about smallpox that will later appear in the book. The disease spreads from one area then explodes around the city.

“There were two classes of charitable people: one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all. (chapter 8, page 7)” I think this line basically sums up the whole theme of the story because in England, what class a person was born in defines who they will be even before they were born. As a result, the people in their society are split into many groups but in those many groups, Charles Dickens defines the people into two kinds of people. Those who make a difference and are not known and those more don’t do anything and get known. This is Dicken’s way to tell the reader that some people work very hard to earn their spots but never get the amount they work for. This was being related to our world too because people with power are the people with money. And as we all know, some people don’t deserve the things they have.

Readers might say that they have a different way of understanding Bleak House such as; the book is about the hardships of other people that start with nothing and making their way to the top. And they’re not wrong, Bleak House is also about the people who get what they deserve that the end, however, that is not what the book is mainly suggesting. The people who work hard and getting their way is only part of the book. The characters are shown to be more restraint to their acts and tried to struggle behind the scenes. The theme that I came up with covers the hardships of the character as well, which makes it a feasible claim for Bleak House.

Bleak House teaches the reader a lot about the society that modern and the people in Charles Dicken’s time go through. The book connects with the ways of modern day society and what it takes to get what a person deserves. The characters of the book slowly throughout the book uncovers many details about their lives they did not know about and their real identities.

Boxers, good or bad?

November 29, 2018

We Risk Our Lives

November 6, 2018

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In a relationship, when communication fades, everything else follows. The theme of ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ was finding the right connection among the people around you. It’s about Janie’s quest to find true love which the story is narrated my her. Communication is the core value of any relationship, once that is gone. There is no connection between the 2 or more people. Communication was never part of Janie’s life. Explained by her about her three marriages, she then searches for love from her friend Phoeby. Janie walks through the town she had once lived. She solitarily walks to the house she had once shared with the mayor. Then sees her old friend Phoeby and requires a talk. She soaks her tired feet as she tells her friend her story.

“True love doesn’t mean being inseparable; it means being separated, and nothing happens.” This quote goes well with Janie’s life because she always had a feeling that she will one day love the man she married or loved the man she married but being separated was what Janie really wanted later on. For example, when Janie met Joe Starks. Janie thought Joe could help her start a new start in which he had made a promise to Janie where he would provide her with everything she wants. After Janie married Joe, the trust and love for Joe started to fade because instead of feeling loved and cherished by Joe, she felt exactly like how her last husband, Logan Killicks treated her.

Communication was never part of Janie’s life. Since she was young, granny has stripped her away from every child’s dreams. Since she had white blood in her, kids from her village avoided her. Her first husband never allowed her to go outside the house and so did her second. Her third husband was different. Even if he was 2 times younger than her, he treated her like an equal as they traveled around from village to village. That did not end well for both of them as after the hurricane, Tea Cake got infected with rabies and went crazy.

“Love is lak de sea. It’s uh movin’ thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it’s different with every shore.” (241) Even if Janie has gone through many marriages, none of them was actually satisfying for her. She still knows and believes on what love is. The sea is like love. It’s move but it seems like it’s still. Love is different with everybody and it’s a different kind of love every time. A simple thought about what love is to the sea is the amount of thought Janie has in her life. She is always trying to find the life she has been looking for.

“She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her.” (161) The something that she was waiting for did not love but someone to love, but once she found someone to love, they were ripped away from her. She had waited for all her life for someone to love and they had broken her heart when they finally found her. I believe that Janie is not naïve that she is marrying men in a short time, the only thing that she is lonely and longs for someone she can be with.

The communication that can kill off a connection with others is an essential part of this book. Since Janie never had anyone to go to when her Grandmother died, she had no choice but to take the life that she was given. Janie is a brave and courageous woman who didn’t let her past determine her future. The book is about how connections and trust can impact a person’s life.


This game is a simple board game where it’s all about luck. Luck is expressed in Janie’s life as negative. The game is played with a dice. Depending on the number you get, the amount of you get from the dice roll will determine the number of blocks the player can move. Where the circles and the (Roll dice) is a traffic jam in Janie’s life and have to roll more than a number to move on or just go back. Each block is like an important moment of Janie’s life and follows the story she tells in the story.

ROMANCE: Issue of July

October 17, 2018

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Pride and Prejudice

September 30, 2018


My multimedia shows a person’s blog. The backstory of the blog is that it used to post a lot of false information. The owner of the blog would post information that turns people’s head to another direction, but the things that are posted in the blog is not a hundred per cent bogus.

I think that Elizabeth and Mr Darcy aren’t truly in love not only because of the reason I put above but the start to their affaire. Elizabeth detested Mr Dary before he paid for her family’s debt. The only reason that Elizabeth agreed to marry Mr Darcy was to repay the gratitude of his good will.

This post shows the characteristic of Elizabeth through the ‘Message post’. Elizabeth can be seen being very polite yet sarcastic at times.  We can see that she is bright because she bragged about Mr Darcy’s libraries instead of his riches. The conversation also suggests that Elizabeth has a tight relationship with her father as she calls him “Papa” instead or any other name.