How Gritty are You: secret to your success
by Louise D'Allura on April 24th, 2014

Each month I take time out to watch at least two TED talks because I love the perspective, inspiration, learning and ideas they provide – far more interesting than TV!  

I wanted to share with you a brilliant video featuring  Angela Lee Duckworth.  She uncovered “GRIT” was a predictor of success.  The way Angela discovered this was rather by chance!  

She left a demanding job as a management consultant to teach maths in public schools and it was during this time teaching seventh graders that she noticed “IQ” was NOT the biggest thing that separated the successful students from those who struggled.  She discovered so much that after five years of teaching she went back to do her PhD and explored the concepts across business and the military too.
So what is GRIT?

Angela describes “grit” as a passion and perseverance for long term goals.  It is having the stamina to do things day in and day out not just for the day, week or month – but for years.

It is about focus on a goal and working toward it - to make that future a reality.  Knowing that stuff might happen on the way and that is ok – because  reaching a goal is sometimes like a marathon – not a sprint!

The video should play below but in case there are any issues here is the link:
What was really fascinating about grit was that across multiple sectors, ages and groups “talent” became almost irrelevant!!!!!!  Success was more related to our passion and perseverance to keep going!  It is about testing our gut instincts and be willing to be wr.. wr… wrong.  (flash back to Happy Days and Fonzie trying to say I was wrong…) 
Grit seems to be determined by what they call the GROWTH MINDSET – ie a belief that the ability to learn (whatever it is you’re doing) is not fixed, and it can change with effort.  

They found when kids understood how the brain works ie that it CAN change/ grow in response to a challenge, they were more likely to persevere. Knowing that failure is not seen as a permanent condition – but as an opportunity almost to test a hypothesis to know we are on the right or wrong track - made success more likely!

So what how can we apply that to our daily life?  

They found that *following through on commitments* was key.  Given that grit is about doing the stuff day in day out it makes perfect sense that following through on your commitments it just like applying ourselves to our daily habits.  

You know - those little things we need to do – daily, weekly and monthly, that move us closer to our goals.  And yes – doing those little things that will keep us going and on track in the long term!!!  Remember the magic is in the maintenance.

James Clear (who writes about using behaviour science to master your habits and improve your mental and physical health), highlights this point also:

“The ability to show up everyday, stick to the schedule, and do the work — especially when you don’t feel like it — is so valuable that it is literally all you need to become better 99% of the time.

Professionals stick to the schedule, amateurs let life get in the way. Professionals know what is important to them and work towards it with purpose”

That sounds a lot like grit to me!  Keep reading here

Now, I would love to hear from you!  In the comments below, tell me do you think GRIT is the difference?  I would love hear it !!  

If you’ve found this article of interest, please share it with your friends!  I really do appreciate you taking the time to read and share. 

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