Grit, The Hidden Secret To Your Success
What does it take to succeed in life?
The answer is not your innate talent but Grit, according to Angela Duckworth, an American academic, psychologist and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.
The book that tells us that you need passion and perseverance more than anything to achieve your goals in work and life.
In this article, we will explore the importance of Grit in our lives, the role it plays in our life-long success and how we can nurture it.
Through key excerpts from Angela Duckworth's book, we will also introduce you to practical strategies and research-grounded insights to become a more gritty person yourself - someone with the perseverance to power through difficult circumstances and a determination to drive change in the world.
What is Grit?
Angela Duckworth was teaching math when she noticed something very intriguing.
The most successful students in her class weren’t the ones who always displayed a natural aptitude for math; rather, they displayed something she termed as grit.
She later became a graduate student of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and defined the term as a combination of pure passion and perseverance to achieve a singularly important goal, and for this, she also created a tool to measure it.
She called this tool the “grit scale,” that predicted outcomes such as who would graduate from the university or win the National Spelling Bee.
The concept became proved its worth and became popular. Dr. Duckworth was named a MacArthur “genius” in the year 2013, for introducing Grit.
Grit | Noun
COURAGE, bravery, pluck, mettle, backbone, spirit, strength of character, strength of will, moral fiber, steel, nerve, fortitude, toughness, hardiness, resolve, resolution, determination, tenacity, perseverance, endurance; informal: guts, spunk.
In order to develop grit, you have to be interested.
When you are interested you can actively discover and deepen your interest in that particular discipline.
Once you have fostered an interest in a subject, you can take on difficult tasks that require more effort and concentration on your part.
Your interest motivates you and your practice truly makes you better at it.
Duckworth defines Grit as:
"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."
How To Achieve Excellence In Life?
It must be remembered that like other things in life, there are really no shortcuts to excellence.
It takes time and hard work to develop real expertise and figure out answers to really hard problems.
It all takes time. So you have to stay patient and determined.
You have got to apply your skills and produce goods or services that are valuable to people.
Grit is all about working on something you really care about that you are willing to stay loyal to it forever.
It is about doing what you love, and not just falling in love with what you do but staying in love.
When we realize our goal and purpose in life our grit grows.
As we figure out the philosophy of life, learn to dust ourselves off after rejections and disappointments, and learn to tell the difference between our low-level goals (that should be abandoned quickly) and higher-level goals that demand more tenacity from us.
When we grow older and start working diligently on our higher level goals, we mature and develop within ourselves the capacity for long-term passion and perseverance.
“Staying on the treadmill is one thing, and I do think it’s related to staying true to our commitments even when we’re not comfortable.
But getting back on the treadmill the next day, eager to try again, is in my view even more reflective of grit. Because when you don’t come back the next day—when you permanently turn your back on a commitment—your effort plummets to zero.
As a consequence, your skills stop improving, and at the same time, you stop producing anything with whatever skills you have.
On the other hand, when you keep searching for ways to change your situation for the better, you stand a chance of finding them.
When you stop searching, assuming they can’t be found, you guarantee they won.”
"People to whom Things come Easy are not always the Ones who work the Hardest"
How To Stay Focused And Achieve Your Goal In Life?
Grit specifies having a passion to accomplish a particular top-level goal and the perseverance to follow through.
Your job is to learn to focus on the top level goal and life philosophy by achieving freedom in every aspect.
Deliberate and consistent practice can make you feel accomplished and wonderful.
If you try, you can learn to embrace challenge after challenge rather than fear them.
The secret to achieving your goal is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence called "grit"
Do Not Give Into Critics
Stay optimistic and remember this advice from Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
effective rules [action plan]
In the next one hour think about all your main goal and purpose in life.
Your passion in life that you’d like to pursue. Figure out all the ways of how you can develop grit and achieve your higher level goal.
Measure your progress on the Grit Scale and see how it helps you stay focused on your goal.
Give yourself a deadline, could be a month or even a year with the power of passion and perseverance.
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