Angela Duckworth, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a MacArthur Fellow, is a researcher on a little ingredient called grit--and how it can make a big difference, regardless of your learning profile:
"Duckworth has spent years studying people, trying to understand what it is that makes high achievers so successful. And what she found surprised even her. It wasn’t SAT scores. It wasn’t IQ scores. It wasn’t even a degree from a top-ranking business school that turned out to be the best predictor of success.
“It was this combination of passion and perseverance that made high achievers special,” Duckworth said.
“In a word, they had grit.”