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Grit and Perseverance: The Key Ingredients for Coding Success


Hello, persistent coders! We're back on our mental health journey for developers, and today, we're diving into Grit and Perseverance: The Key Ingredients for Coding Success. Strap on your never-give-up attitude and let's persevere through this one!

Bugs lurking in the codebase, tight project deadlines, new technologies that seem like alien speak - sound familiar? Yep, coding can be tough. But as Angela Duckworth argues in her book "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance", and Tugade, Fredrickson, & Barrett point out in their research on "Psychological Resilience and Positive Emotional Granularity", it's our resilience, grit, and determination that can carry us through these challenges.

So, what can we do to foster grit and perseverance?

  1. Embrace Challenges: Every problem you face is an opportunity to grow. Embrace them, wrestle with them, and learn from them.

  2. Cultivate a Growth Mindset: Remember that intelligence and skill can be developed. Don't shy away from trying and learning new things.

  3. Practice, Practice, Practice: Coding is a skill that improves over time. Don't get disheartened by initial roadblocks. Keep coding, keep learning.

  4. Find Your Passion: Being passionate about what you do can fuel your perseverance. If you love coding, it's easier to stick with it during tough times.

  5. Look at the Big Picture: When things get tough, remind yourself of your goals and why you started coding in the first place.

Remember, it's not about how fast you can solve a problem; it's about not giving up when solving that problem gets tough. That's grit. That's perseverance. That's the secret ingredient to coding success.

In our next adventure, we'll keep our perseverance hats on as we explore "Positive Affirmations for Coders: Boosting Your Confidence One Line of Code at a Time". Until then, keep coding, keep persevering, and keep being awesome!


  1. Duckworth, A. (2016). Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Scribner.
  2. Tugade, M. M., Fredrickson, B. L., & Barrett, L. F. (2004). Psychological Resilience and Positive Emotional Granularity: Examining the Benefits of Positive Emotions on Coping and Health. Journal of Personality, 72(6), 1161–1190.
  3. Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Ballantine Books.