Maybe She's Born with it, Maybe it's Grit

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The most important indicator of success...⁣

Beyond talent or intelligence...⁣

There’s GRIT.⁣ (science says so)

The idea of talent or born-with-it intelligence isn’t wrong.⁣

𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐞.⁣

Grit is defined as “passion and perseverance for long term goals.”⁣

From spelling bee champs to West Point cadet graduates (Duckworth et al., 2011; 2007)⁣

Grit is what sets apart the winners from the losers and the go-getters from the give-uppers.⁣

The good news 👉 you can grow your grit 🌱 in 4 evidence-based ways:⁣

1️⃣ passion & purpose⁣
Even if it’s not present now, find a way to make goal-conducive behaviors MEANINGFUL to you. Deepening and cultivating sincere interest = more grit.⁣

2️⃣ positive prospects⁣
In one word: HOPE. Believing that outcomes will be favorable and keeping your hopes high will do wonders for your grit. (This is where a #growthmindset really comes into play)⁣

3️⃣ practice⁣
Think you could get away with little to no effort? No, ma’am. Accept that effort is involved and prepare to get it done (over and over again)⁣

4️⃣ people⁣
Simply put, surround yourself with gritty peeps. If your people aren’t ambitious, determined, and self-efficacious... then you also have less reason to be. If you really want to level up, surround yourself with people that make you want to.⁣

^^^ this just scratches the surface of the power of grit.⁣

If you’re interested to learn more, check out my full length article here