Looking at the most successful individuals in any field, a characteristic trait they all share is “Grit”. Angela Duckworth is leading the field trying to tackle questions like what is grit and how do we get grittier? Angela defines Grit as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals”. She and her team today continue to research individuals with high Grit, looking at how these achievers uphold their motivation through adversity.
As Merriam- Webster defines Grit: firmness of mind or spirit: unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.
Grit is the cornerstone of achievement
If you have Grit you view long term success as a process, enduring the hard times while putting in unrelenting effort to overcome limited talents that you may have. People with Grit embody a type of resilience that others do not. They understand that talent is not fixed, effort produces results, and live with desire and determination each day. In other words, people with Grit have a ‘growth mindset’: the belief that the ability to learn a skill is not fixed and can change with a certain amount of effort. It is about putting in the work day in and day out and overcoming any obstacle in the way, staying the course amongst challenges.
Do you have grit? Do you keep pushing when things get tough? Do you believe you can improve your weaknesses? Do you put in the work every day to achieve your goals or improve your shortcomings?
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