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Why do some people succeed and some people fail? That's certainly a question many of us have pondered. What does it take to be at the top of our game? Do successful people have common traits? Some say yes. Some say no. Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, says highly successful people do share something: GRIT!

We live in a world full of messaging. It is impossible to escape it—unless of course, you live as a hermit without electronics or human contact. Marketing and advertising professionals know what sells. In addition to the inundation of marketing messages, we receive untold messages from society and our ever-changing culture. The messages are often confusing and, more often than not, conflicting.

"Trevor at school wants Hillary Clinton to win," announced Reed, my 11-year-old son. He shouted from the kitchen,"I told him she's a LIAR!"

We recently returned from our long-awaited spring break. Several months of planning and build-up went into this year's trip—which was all that I could hope for. We had great weather, we had quality family time, and we created memories that lasted a lifetime.

When I look back on my time at summer camp, I recall very specific experiences—learning to fold and care for the American flag; hitting my first full canter astride a horse; learning sign language; pouring lye down the outhouse privy; synchronized swimming in the pond; singing silly songs around a campfire; peaceful devotions under a pine tree canopy; and maybe even a few preteen crushes.

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