“Success isn’t given. It’s earned.” I don’t quote sports brands often but Nike actually made a very strong point here. Yes, it’s been drilled into us time and again that hard work leads to success. Talent and brains will only get you so far, after all.
But it’s not just hard work for a few days, weeks or months that’s needed. Success often means dedicating years of your life, sometimes even decades, working harder than the next guy. It’s what people call grit.
In this week’s Best Event Talk, Angela Duckworth talks more about grit. Previously a school teacher, Duckworth noticed that grit leads to success more often than just raw talent. In fact, talent often made kids less “gritty”. Wanting to learn more about grit, she quit teaching and went into researching, securing a grant to study more about what grit is and how we can teach grit.
She’s defined grit as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals”. It’s doing something through the highs and lows, pressing on whether you feel like it or not, and pushing forward because you believe that in the end, it will all be worth it.
If grit leads to success, how do we learn grit then? Well, I hate to disappoint you but we don’t have a sure-fire formula to becoming gritty, not yet at least. But there is one thing that you can do to instill grit in yourself. Watch the video to learn how.[ted id=1733]