True Grit

P15Recently a mentor and personal friend sent out a really unique and inspiring take on the key to success. “Grit” is a word that people don’t really use that often; but you have to admit, it’s a pretty awesome word!

So I hope that excerpt below will inspire you as much as it did me:

  • If you’ve ever felt held back by your level of natural talent, intelligence, or physical health, you aren’t alone. But what’s fascinating is that none of these traits are as significant predictors of success as your grittiness.
  • Your grit is your passion and perseverance for long-term goals. That’s right, we’re talking about your ability to get down and dirty and into the nitty-gritty.
  • Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth, who has studied children and adults in all kinds of challenging situations… says, “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 a marathon, not a sprint.”
  • One idea about building grit is something called a “growth mindset.” Contrary to a fixed mindset, where people believe their basic qualities, like intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits, in a growth mindset people believe that their basic abilities can be developed with effort. Brains and talent are just a starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience, or grit, that is essential for great accomplishment.
  • Try to stop fixating on what you may think your natural abilities are and how they might be holding you back. Know that your abilities are malleable, and start fixating on how to achieve your goals. Then just do it, and most importantly, stick with it.

 Thank you, P!

Looking to learn more? Check out this video of Angela Lee Duckworth talking about Grit and the key to success.

Categories: Inspiration, Work

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