Academic Success


 This is your first step towards your child's Success

Before going any further, here is some research:

Grittier soldiers were more likely to complete an Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) selection course, grittier sales employees were more likely to keep their jobs, grittier students were more likely to graduate from high school, and grittier men were more likely to stay married. The relative predictive validity of grit compared to other traditional predictors of retention is examined in each of the four studies. These findings suggest that in addition to domain-specific influences, there may be domain-general individual differences which influence commitment to diverse life goals over time. (Source) (faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change for Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics)

Defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals, grit accounted for an average of 4% of the variance in success outcomes grade point average among Ivy League undergraduates (N=138), retention in 2 classes of United States Military Academy, West Point, cadets (N=1,218 and N=1,308), and ranking in the National Spelling Bee (N=175).Grit demonstrated incremental predictive validity of success measures over and beyond IQ and conscientiousness. Collectively, these findings suggest that the achievement of difficult goals entails not only talent but also the sustained and focused application of talent over time. Source faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change for Good Initiativeand faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics)

With Lakhs of students trying to grab that seat in the prestigious college you and your child are desirous of, s/he has to have an edge over them. Till now, s/he was competing with just a couple of hundred students... the competition has become fierce now. 

Give her/him an edge! Make her/him Gritter! Equip her/Him with the right tools!

So What is GRIT?

Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals.

It is the ability to persist in something you feel passionate about and persevere when you face obstacles. This kind of passion is not about intense emotions or infatuation. It’s about having direction and commitment. When you have this kind of passion, you can stay committed to a task that may be difficult or boring.

Grit is also about perseverance. To persevere means to stick with it; to continue working hard even after experiencing difficulty or failure.

Why is GRIT Important?

Although it goes against what we’re taught in school and in our social circles, I will still say it....

Grit is important because it is a driver of achievement and success, independent of and beyond what talent and intelligence contribute.

Being naturally smart and talented are great, but to truly do well and thrive, we need the ability to persevere. Without grit, talent may be nothing more than unmet potential. It is only with effort that talent becomes a skill that leads to success.

Take the example of Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli. Kambli was more talented than Sachin but it was Sachin who went on to become the best batsman in not just India but the world. It was his determination to consistently work on the direction that made it possible.

Or for that matter, recall your school and college days... there were the average back benchers and the toppers. In my experience, and I believe yours would be similar, the back benchers are doing much better than the toppers because what they had was the perseverance of being consistent.

So would you want to give a gift of GRIT to your child? Would you want to increase the likelihood of her/his success by at least 5X over her/his competitors?


The Grit Guide for Students

A Workshop to Help Your Child Build
Perseverance, Self-Control, and a
Growth Mindset

You are challenged in a variety of ways in every development area - mentally, physically and socially. 

Rising to the occasion has almost nothing to do with talent. Rather, what matters is a never

give up attitude.


The workshop is facilitated by Vikaas Kausshik. An entrepreneur with over 22 years of experience in corporate sector, teaching management students, training corporate employees, facilitating workshops for middle/senior management and coaching people to realise their potential and achieve success.

The highly accomplished people are paragons of perseverance. They are satisfied being unsatisfied. Each is chasing something of unparalleled interest and importance, and it is the chase-as much as the capture-that is gratifying. Even if some of the things they have to do were boring, or frustrating, or even painful, they wouldn’t dream of giving up. Their passion is enduring. They not only have determination, they have direction too.

It is a combination of passion and perseverance that makes achievers special. In a word, they

have GRIT.

Talent x effort = skill

 Skill x effort = achievement

Effort builds skill. At the same time, effort makes skill productive.

Rs.10000 Rs.4500

6 Days (2 hours daily) Virtual Workshop followed by 1 hour post session work by the child

What your child will learn during the workshop: 

In these 5 days Vikaas would take your child through 23 activities that s/he would have to do on her/his own post the 2 hours session with Vikaas. Here is the list of activities s/he would be take through:

Understanding Grit: Grit 101

Activity 1. What Is Grit?
Activity 2. How Much Grit Do I Have?
Activity 3. Where Do I Need To Be Grittier?
Activity 4. Your Formula for Grit
Activity 5. Making Grit Matter

Developing a Gritty Mind-Set

Activity 6. Your Two Minds: Connecting to Your Future Self
Activity 7. Uncovering Your Thinking Traps
Activity 8. Goodbye Pessimism, Hello Optimism
Activity 9. Nurturing a Growth Mind-Set
Activity 10. The Power of Yet
Activity 11. Seeing Failure as an Opportunity for Growth
Activity 12. Let’s Review Our Gritty Mind-Set

Developing Gritty Behaviour

Activity 13. Setting Effective Goals
Activity 14. Practicing Makes Perfect
Activity 15. Putting What You Want to Achieve Front and Center
Activity 16. Developing Self-Control: How to Not Eat the Marshmallow
Activity 17. Making Grit a Habit
Activity 18. Let’s Review Our Gritty Behaviour

Overcoming Barriers to Grit

Activity 19. Connecting to Your Values and Finding a Sense of Purpose
Activity 20. Encouraging Mindfulness and Gratitude
Activity 21. Coping with Stress
Activity 22. Finding Your Cheerleader and Building a Community of Grit
Activity 23. Putting It All Together: Grit for Life

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Today schools are teaching for the test rather than engaging students in deep learning. 

In the context of the failing accountability movement, education experts agree that the singleminded focus on academic competencies is insufficient to prepare learners for success in an increasingly complex world.  

Research has shown that grit is a better predictor of high school graduation and grade point average than IQ (Duckworth, 2013). Add to this the findings of Bowen, Chingos, and McPherson (2009), who found that high school grades are better predictors of college success than standardized tests. In other words, grittier students who stick with the day-to-day work during high school are more successful in college.

Grit is more about stamina than intensity. There are no shortcuts to excellence. It’s doing what you love, but not just falling in love-staying in love.

Grit changes with time. It has two components: passion and perseverance.

Passion is not obsession or infatuation. It is a commitment of a different kind. Rather than intensity, it is consistency over time.

Passion can develop over a period of years. It may not be a process of passive discovery, but an active construction. We can create it. 

4 Psychological Assets of Gritty People. 

1. Interest. 

2. Capacity to practice. Daily discipline of doing things better than we did yesterday. To be gritty is to resist complacency. 

3. Purpose. Conviction that your work matters. 

4. Hope. Rising to the occasion kind of perseverance. It defines every stage of grit. At various points, in big ways and small, we get knocked down. If we stay down, grit loses. If we get up, grit prevails. 

These are not “you have it or you don’t” commodities. You can learn to discover, develop, and deepen your interests. You can acquire a habit of discipline. You can cultivate a sense of purpose and meaning. And you can teach yourself hope. 

Rs.10000 Rs.5000

6 Days (2 hours daily) Virtual Workshop followed by 1 hour post session work by the child

What your child will learn during the workshop: 

Session 1:

Understanding Grit 

Session 2: Developing a Gritty Mind-Set 

Session 3: Developing Gritty Behaviour 

Session 4: Overcoming Barriers to Grit 

Session 5: Revision and Final Thoughts


Significantly beneficial for helping teens develop “true grit.” This workshop offers step by step instructions with easy to understand activities that will help this generation to develop an attitude for success.

- Rajnish Gupta, (son in grade 12)

A must-attend workshop for teens and I suggest to parents to get your child enrolled for this brilliant workshop... Simple, beautifully facilitated and practical.

- Rachna Mehra (Daughter in grade 11)

Vikaas has packed a lot of fun, worksheets, and practical information into this important and timely workshop. Research shows that grit is considered the key to success, and attending this workshop during the formative teen years I believe it will positively impact the rest of my son’s life.

- Mandeep Gulati (Father of a 1st-year college student)

As teens coming out of high school, this workshop is absolutely a must-attend! Working on it with Vikaas sir has not only taught us about grit but more about ourselves than we could have ever imagined. For any teen with any struggle, it is the ultimate recipe for success, with tools for conquering common obstacles like self-control, pessimism and giving up. This book is truly life-changing!

- Krisha & Kirat (Recent grade 12 pass outs)

The workshop presents straightforward exercises and activities which promote step by step methods to learn, grow, and cope better with life. Vikaas gives many approaches for kids to develop and learn how to bounce back when things do not go as expected.

- Pooja Mishra (Mother to 20-year-old son & 18-year-old daughter)

Is determination the key to success or will perseverance only get you so far?

This is the question researchers from the Academy of Finland asked in a new study examining how much “grit” influences academic achievement.

The study, published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, defines grit as consistency of interest and perseverance of effort, and the researchers drew from a sample of more than 2,000 students in Finland, following the students from grades 6 through 9. 

The researchers wanted to see to what extent growth mindset and committing to academic goals impacted grit or whether grit was the go-between for achieving educational goals and growth.

The researchers found that grit was the most significant indicator of academic success and that perseverance had a stronger influence on goal commitment compared to interest and passion in a topic.

In other words, determination and perseverance helped students succeed in school and maintain higher grades throughout their academic careers.

“Our study shows the power of grit,” said Kateriina Salmela-Aro, the leader of the study.

You have been spending thousands of rupees per month on providing the best tuition to your child.

How about investing today in developing GRIT in your child... the MOST SIGNIFICANT INDICATOR OF ACADEMIC SUCCESS.

Know The Learning Facilitator: Vikaas Kausshik (in his words)

I am in the process of being an expert at taking high-potential clients to the greatest levels of success. As a lifelong student of human behaviour, I have extensively researched this question: How can tiny changes account for radical differences in achievement?

You see, scientific research has demonstrated only a 0.1% difference between the genetic make-up of all humans. So, at the level of high-performance, it is the very tiniest of shifts in perspective that play a huge role in distinguishing
the highest of achievers in all areas.

These tiny shifts in perspective have the biggest impact for those who are already achieving and creating close to or at world-class levels.

Coaching is powerful and impactful. And I help my clients make these tiny shifts that change everything.

A high-performer myself, I know there is always a better way. So I find it, I study it, I refine it. I perfect my craft and continuously enhance my art. I lead from the front. I study, read, research and explore more than my clients.

I invest a huge amount of my time, money and energy as part of my relentless professional and personal development.

But the deepest truth is that I lived most of my life feeling powerless. I could appear confident on the outside whilst totally lacking it deep down, on the inside. And however much I achieved in life, I was envious of those around me who always seemed to create more or bigger or better than I ever could.

Well, it turned out that that old and overwhelming feeling of powerlessness eventually became my gift in working with high potential men and women. You see, I am exceptionally gifted at seeing where other people are powerful—even when they can’t see it for themselves.

Now I have decided that I need to work with the future generation. After all, they are the ones to who we are going to hand over the mantle of being responsible citizens and help in running our country.

And to do that they would have to have GRIT. Grit to fall and rise again… Grit to never give up. Grit to take failure as a learning opportunity and not an opportunity to quit.

In this endeavour of mine, I expect you, as their parent, to support them. To be there for them not just during these 5 days of the workshop but also during the time they are working on developing their grit.

As their facilitator, I would be giving them the tools to develop grit but you would have to play a role that is much more important, that of a coach who would encourage them every time they fail, every time they feel defeated. And they would. We felt that… Hell, we still do… so I can assure you they would feel that too. And those are the times your support would be much more important. Your encouragement to revisit what we did during this workshop would be the need of the hour at that very moment.



6 Days (2 hours daily) Virtual Workshop followed by 1 hour post session work by the child

What your child will learn during the workshop: 

Session 1: Understanding Grit 

Session 2: Developing a Gritty Mind-Set 

Session 3: Developing Gritty Behaviour 

Session 4: Overcoming Barriers to Grit 

Session 5: Revision and Final Thoughts

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