In her book Grit, Angela Duckworth lays out 3 theories.
Skill = Talent x Effort
Achievement = Skill x Effort
Grit = Passion + Perseverance
A theory is an idea or a system of ideas that are intended to explain something. Theories aren’t intended to explain everything about the topic. But, they explain enough for you to understand it. Theories are a classic tool for better synthesis of ideas.
In this case, Angela Duckworth helped us synthesize plenty of literature around skill, achievement and grit into 3 simple models. Again, they’re necessarily imperfect. But, they are very instructive all the same. Theories are a great example of what makes synthesis incredibly powerful. And, they are one of the two powerful tools that good synthesizers use.
(Hopefully that’s enough intrigue in advance of tomorrow’s post :-))