You don’t simply achieve your goals

For years, psychologists have wondered what makes some individuals accomplish more than others.

Is it IQ?

Creativity?

Vigour?

Emotional intelligence?

Charisma?

Self-confidence?

Emotional stability?

Some traits are important in sales. Some in creative writing. Some in product management.

But what’s the common attribute shared by leaders, no matter the industry?

Grit.


The definition of Grit

Grit is the passion and perseverance for long-term goals.

Angela Duckworth

Is when you set yourself long-term goals and no matter the constraints, you work to achieve them.

When your interests are firm. And durable.

When you’re diligent.

When you don’t give up, even in the absence of positive feedback.


Traits of gritty people

So, what traits have those who are gritty?

They are visionaries. They know where they want to be, they transform their vision into pure passion and work towards it. Boredom and disappointment doesn’t move them, because they have a clear journey in mind.

They know how to set long term goals. They know how to set the smaller steps to reach their vision.

They have growth mindset. They seek challenges. They see failure as learning opportunities. They persist in the face of setbacks.

They put in the work.They see effort as a path to mastery.

They surround themselves with gritty people.


The Grit Scale

If you’re curious how gritty you are, there’s a way to find out.

Complete the grit scale. Be honest.

In the end, you’ll find out how passionate and persevering do you see yourself on a scale of 1 (not at all gritty) to 5 (extremely gritty).


Work on your grit

Grit is not a fixed trait. You can work on growing it.

Find your passion.

Ultimately, the two most important questions to ask yourself in the search for your passion are: what do you love, and what do you love about it?

Sir Ken Robinson

Find a gritty mentor.

Asking someone to mentor you is nerve-racking enough. You want to make sure you’re asking the right person.

Work on side-gigs.

Undertakings that keep our kids active and social are at the foundation of who they are, and the goal is to allow these activities to help them thrive.

Learn more about essentialism.

Practice deliberately.

The hallmark of purposeful or deliberate practice is that you try to do something you cannot do — that takes you out of your comfort zone — and that you practice it over and over again, focusing on exactly how you are doing it, where you are falling short, and how you can get better.


The Grit book

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