Wednesday, August 21

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm

Embrace the Suck: Thoughts on Perseverance

Cache Stage

About the event

How do you push through when the client just threw you under the bus for making changes they approved, when Xcode has crashed for the tenth time today, and your boss just said “Java, JavaScript, same thing”? Research has shown that grit and perseverance are better predictors of success than self-discipline, but what if you don’t feel like a particularly gritty person? The good news is perseverance is a skill that you can foster and grow. Through tales of both triumph and woe, we will dive into research-based strategies that can be put into practice tomorrow. Whether you’re looking to pull yourself up by the bootstraps or help those you mentor conquer the next hurdle, this talk aims to add some tangible perspective to the elusive concept of grit.


Ellen Williams

An educator turned developer, Ellen discovered her passion for programming while teaching her students how to code. In 2016, she took the plunge and decided to follow her passion by becoming an apprentice at Detroit Labs. Now an iOS developer, Ellen works on apps for a wide range of clients from financial institutions to the auto industry. Ellen often shares her laptop with her cat, Chip. When she’s not in front of a computer Ellen can be found gallivanting the globe in search of new beers.