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Constituencies, wards and local councils

Constituencies (a.k.a. parliamentary constituencies): each electing one Member of Parliament (MP) every 5 years to the House of Commons (Parliament). There are 650 constituencies in the UK.Wards (a.k.a. electoral divisions or electoral wards) is the primary unit of English electoral geography for borough and district councils, county councils or city councils. Each ward elects either one or two councillors to be members of the local council. There were 9,456 electoral wards/divisions in the UK and each ward has an average electorate of about 5,500 people, but ward population can vary substantially.Local council is made up of a number of Councillors (Cllr) who meet regularly to make decisions about the direction of the council and the work it does for the community. As elected bodies local councils are responsible to their local community. Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what they do and how they make decisions. Members of public can attend public council meetin…

Grit



I have recently been reading a book titled “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. In the book he talks about how people who appear to be exceptional achieve this success through a combination of small advantages. You can read the book yourself to find what are all the small things that we don’t notice which combined give people an unassailable edge.

One of the main points made was that IQ is not a good predictor of success. Sure, some level of intelligence is required but it alone is insufficient to attain success. In the book, Malcolm claims that it is a combination of IQ and family background which leads to success. I was initially taken aback by this. There are many people who at least at first glance appear to have attained success from nothing. After all, every advantage must begin from somewhere.

This is where I watched a TED video on Grit. In it the presenter talks about how this one quality appears to be the one quality which is a universal requirement for success. It is defined as:

The tendency to work strenuously towards challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity and plateaus in progress.

Do you think you have Grit?


If you do the sky is the limit!

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