Grit and why it really matters


Have you ever noticed that the smartest people are not always the most successful? Now obviously success can be defined in different ways but for most people their measure would usually revolve around money. If we take money as the measure for success, then you’d think the smartest people would easily come out on top on that score, surely? Yet you’d be wrong. We hear stories frequently about college professors who struggle financially whilst at the same time tradesmen like bricklayers and plumbers become millionaires. How can that be? Surely the smartest people have a natural advantage? Well, no they don’t. The people with an innate advantage are those with that quality known as grit.

What do I mean be grit? It is an inner steeliness. It is courage and resolve. It is strength of character. It is drive and desire. It is passion and motivation. It is a willingness to persevere until the desired result is achieved. It is determination to achieve a goal and a willingness to take calculated risks.

It is a fact that doing well in life depends on much more than academic ability and your capacity to learn quickly and easily. Having those qualities is useful of course but in the absence of grit you’d still be at a disadvantage. Someone of average academic ability but with a shed load of grit will be better placed to achieve real success.

People with grit intuitively recognize that life is a marathon not a sprint. They are willing to experience failure because they know that that failure is a temporary outcome not a permanent position. They are willing to fail and then start over using the lessons they’ve learned from the experience.

So what’s the key to success? It’s the need to get grittier!

Angela Lee Duckworth makes this point admirably in this excellent TEDxTalk video and it’s well worth a few minutes of your time. It’s an interesting video and I think she nails the point perfectly.

That’s what I think but what is your opinion?

Could there be such an easy answer or is it all much more complicated? I’d be interested to hear your views.

Further Reading:

If you’d like to know more about grit and Angela Lee Duckworth’s ideas about the secret of success then read her excellent and Number 1 best selling book Grit: Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success.

It’s well worth the cover price and you can check it out if you CLICK HERE

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