Grit… As in Character

Passion, tenacity, resolve… Grit. The concept of grit has gained a lot of steam over the past few years. What is it, how do I know if I do/don’t have it, and how can I get it?

Grit is a characteristic someone has, a trait. Grit can help people achieve their concept of greatness and help others persevere in rocky times. It is defined as firmness of character, an indomitable spirit. Some people seem to have this trait naturally, others seem to be missing it entirely.

Angela Duckworth measures grit as perseverance and passion for long-term goals, measuring grit based on traditional exceptional performance and success (test scores, degrees, medals, etc.). In my opinion, this concept is flawed. First, success is intimately different for every person. Second, traditional is being thrown out as a measure of success.

Grit is comprised of many factors, can be situational, and is dependent upon what a person needs to do. Courageous, go-getter, follow-through, endurance, optimism, confidence, creativity, striving for excellence… These are aspects of grit. It is combing many things to achieve a specific end goal.

Grit is casting away perfection for excellence (psst… there’s no such thing as perfection).

Grit is managing your fear of failure, embracing the learnings, and continuously moving forward. What a mind-blowing thought? Ponder on this: there is no failure, only feedback.

It is continuing THROUGH adversity, not avoiding it.

So how does one gain more grit? Learning, failing, and trying again. Being vulnerable. Accepting what doesn’t work and trying something slightly different. It is setting long-term goals and acting on them. It is stepping outside the box to discover new paths. It is continuously moving ahead regardless of what is thrown in the way.

While not everyone has those seriously long-term goals they are working to achieve, everyone has a goal of some sort. And how will you achieve it without grit?

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