How do people become great? Is it something people are born with? Malcolm Gladwll popularized the idea of "10,000 hours" of deliberate practice to mastering something. Could that be it? Or could be it be old fashion grit...
Grit seems to be something that we all wish we had more of. Whether its the ability to follow through on a project, get in shape or create some sort of new habit, it seems that grit is the thing that most people are "lacking". Check out this test here to see what kind of grit you have.
Angela Duckworth is a psychology researcher that specializes in researching key predictors of success. In her TED Talk, she says that the key predictor of success in life is grit.
“In all those very different contexts, one characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn’t social intelligence. It wasn’t good looks, physical health, and it wasn’t IQ. It was grit.
Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day-in, day-out. Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
The great news is that grit can be learned. I just listened to an awesome podcast by the folks at Freakonomics radio that featured Angela Duckworth and they made a compelling argument for grit being one of the true paths to greatness. Take a listen below and tell us what you think!