Angela Duckworth, the author of the book, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” has compiled a body of evidence supporting the conclusion that it is not our gifts and talents alone (or even in large part) that create success. It’s our commitment, effort, and persistence that cause our success.
Talent is important, but it’s not enough. A “genius” who puts in no effort produces nothing.
How to Nurture Grit
Here’s how to nurture grit (paraphrased from Angela Duckworth’s book Grit):
Follow a passion, something you’re deeply connected to, something that has meaning for you (not someone else), something you feel an enduring fire about. You’ll need these feelings to persevere through the mundane and miserable parts inherent in any endeavor.
Have a purpose (or WHY) that’s greater than you. Visions of personal success, achievement, and adoration aren’t big enough. They won’t keep you committed and they won’t fulfill you when you achieve them. Dig into something bigger than you. Attach your efforts to it. Who or what is your big why?
Practice your passion and work on your goals every single day (even 15 mins). Practice leads to mastery, opportunity, and attainment.
Trust in positive outcomes. Believe that you can succeed, if you persevere. Know that the road to success is paved with failures (remember, success is one step past splat).
Four Aspects of GRIT
In sum, follow your passion, tie it to a great purpose, practice it consistently, and trust in positive future outcomes, even when you fall.
When you pull all of this together, you’ll elevate yourself from the realm of hither and thither, stop and start, ebb and flow, goal pursuits.
You’ll also begin to notice that most people don’t pull these four qualities together. Most people possess only one or two of them, and it’s just not enough to bring their goals to life.
The saying, “It’s lonely at the top,” is true because so few people exercise and develop the grit that will get them there.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR OVER-CARING SOULS
Practicing grit is NOT:
–self-neglect in the name of tough self-love
–refusing to let go of what needs to go
Go get your grit on, all four aspects, today.
Are you as gritty as you want to be? Leave me a comment and tell me what aspect of grit you’re going to work on now.
Love to you,