Which of the following do you agree with?
- GRIT is something we are born with
- GRIT comes easier to people who know their WHY
- Everyone can develop GRIT if they want to
- Not everyone who wants to be GRITTY can
If you agreed with two out of the four these statements you are correct. If you agreed with all of the statements you understand the meaning of Grit the way Duckworth defines it. Indeed, some people are born grittier than others. Besides, knowing your WHY does help you develop grit. Everyone can want to be gritty but if you aren’t actively working on developing the trait, it won’t come knocking on your door by itself.
Therefore, I decided to take another turn on this week’s blog post and simply write about my absolute favorite quotes from Duckworth:
“I might not be the smartest in the room but, I’ll strive to be the grittiest.”
Duckworth’s definition of controlling what is controllable.
“Consistency of effort in the long run is everything”
Don’t worry about where you are right now, worry about where you won’t be if you do not put in the effort, time, and stay true to the process in the long run. Strive to become better a tiny bit every day.
“Potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another!”
Being talented but not doing anything with it is like having all the tools for being successful but not using them and instead throwing away something that could have been extraordinary.
“There are no shortcuts to excellence”
Stop trying to find a way through a shortcut, there are none. Excellence takes time to create.
“Without effort, your talent is nothing more than your unmet potential. Without effort, your skill is nothing more than what you could have done but didn’t. With effort, talent becomes skill and, at the very same time, effort makes skill productive”
Do not take anything for granted in life, but use what you are born with wisely.
“Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.”
Everyone can be excited for a little while, but not everyone is ready to put in countless amount of hours and do what it takes to become successful.
“Grit is living life like its a marathon and not a sprint”
Sprinting though life will make you tired in a few years, but consistently keeping a steady pace towards your WHY in life will have you run until you die.
“At various points, in big ways and small, we get knocked down. If we stay down, grit loses. If we get up, grit prevails.”
Do not let a false belief hold you down or away from your purpose, fight against it.
“Winners love to go head-to-head with other people. Winners hate losing.”
You know if you love to win and cannot stand to lose, but you can also develop that mentality if you don’t have it at this very moment. Have hope and a good work ethic and the rest will
“To be gritty is to keep putting one food in front of the other. To be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal. To be gritty is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise eight.”
Until next week, find the grit within you. It might take you a few days, week och even months but when you find it do not let go and run that marathon til the end.