GRIT is that mix of passion, perseverance, and self-discipline that keeps us moving forward in spite of obstacles. — Daniel Coyle
The only person that can really push you a little bit further in life is yourself. Grit is both a trait and a skill. And the good new is, you can cultivate or better still grow your grit to strive for what means a lot to you. It’s a skill that can be learned and practiced over time.
Grit is associated with perseverance, resilience, ambition, and the need for achievement. It involves maintaining goal focused effort for extended periods of time.
You can develop your capacity for grit. Your response to a challenging situation is more important the obstacle you face. Ryan Holiday says “obstacle is the way”. And you need grit to push through the obstacle every time you face a challenge.
Grit in psychology is a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual’s passion for a particular long-term goal or end state, coupled with a powerful motivation to achieve their respective objective.” — Wikipedia
Dr. Angela Duckworth, of the University of Pennsylvania, is the best-known researcher of grit, and she defines Grit as: “working strenuously toward challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failures, adversity, and plateaus in progress.” Tenacity matters so greatly because, as she explains, “effort counts twice.”
The ability to stick with and pursue a goal over a long period is an important indicator of achieving anything worthwhile in life. Grit is a better indicator of success than talent. No matter how talented you think you are, if you don’t put in the work, it will amount to nothing.
Talent is Overrated, Colvin argues that deliberate, methodical, and sustained practice is the way to achieve true mastery.
“Deliberate practice is hard. It hurts. But it works. More of it equals better performance. Tons of it equals great performance.” Colvin writes.
It begins with a growth-mindset
Humans evolve. There are lots of opportunities for growth now and in the future. If you strongly believe in the science of human growth in mindset, you have a greater chance of cultivating your grit over time. That belief alone can give you the perspective you need to stick with something even when the process is difficult.
What can you do in small ways everyday that would make it easy to take the necessary steps to pursue your life-long goals? Perseverance and resilience have a lot to do with success than you think.
Grit requires sacrifice: embrace the challenge!
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle
Grit is essential. But it is not attractive. The act of becoming a master at your craft takes a lot of hard work. You will experience messy frustration. Motivation will ebb and flow. but you can only improve when you commit to constant practice. You will make tons and tons of mistakes in the process. Making mistakes and failing are normal — in fact, they’re necessary. Embrace the long repetitive process to get better.
Grit takes time, and many people aren’t giving it. The cost of being the best and pushing towards meaningful work takes a lot of sacrifice. Many people are not ready for that. But the whole point here is that, the positive minset needed to get to the long term goal can be developed over time.
You can maintain the effort and interest need to finish hard. Sometimes you have to let go of something good to grasp something great. The tendency not to abandon tasks in the face of obstacles builds the resilience you need to succeed in life.
Rejection is not fatal
Carrie by Stephen King was rejected 30 times before it was published. Animal Farm by George Orwell was rejected because “there is no market for animal stories in the USA.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was rejected 12 times and J. K. Rowling was told “not to quit her day job.”
Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because, his editor said, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
Darwin was not enthused on becoming a scientist his whole life, thanks to his dad, who called him lazy and too dreamy. Darwin once wrote, “I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect.”
So always remember: Be proud of your work. And never quit trying.
Cuttivate your grit and push yourself further outside your comfort bubble. And remember what Ryan Holiday said “The obstacle is the way”.
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