Maybe She's Born with it, Maybe it's GritMar 04, 2020
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)
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)
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.