Grit: The Secret Ingredient to Success
What is Grit? According to Psychologist Angela Duckworth in a Ted Talk video – “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Duckworth has been studying this fascinating trait for more than a decade now and has tons of research that shows grit being the best predictor or success.
Grit then it seems, is more important than talent and intelligence. The consistency of striving for your goal and pushing through no matter what matters the most than being a genius.
In case you’re wondering if you have “True Grit”, here are characteristics to see how you measure up to it:
Overcoming and managing your fear is part of having “grit.” We’ve known of entrepreneurs and celebrities who’ve faced seemingly unsurmountable struggles and humiliating defeats only to come back again stronger, wiser and “grittier.” Facing your fear and managing your vulnerability is then necessary to overcome challenges. Failure and disappointment is part of life. It is not a permanent condition. So exercise courage willingly, it helps fuel grit and vice versa.