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Is Grit More Important than Talent?

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‘GRIT: Why Passion and Resilience are the Secrets to Success’, by Angela Duckworth.
Which is more important to success – talent or effort? After many years studying the psychology of success, Angela Duckworth says it is grit, the passion and perseverance for long term goals, that propels the most successful people.

 

‘How often do people start down a path and then give up on it entirely? How many treadmills, exercise bikes, and weight sets are at this very moment gathering dust in basements? How many of us starts something new, full of excitement and good intention, and then give up – permanently – when we encounter the first real obstacle?

Many of us, it seems, quit what we start far too early and far too often. Even more than the effort a gritty person puts in on a single day, what matters is that they wake up the next day and the next, ready to get on that treadmill and keep on going.’

 

Grit rests on the expectation that our own efforts can improve our future

 

 

Grit has two components: passion and perseverance.

Grit is about holding the same top level goal for a very long time – most mid-livel and low level goals should be, in some way or another, related to that ultimate goal.

Grit is deliberate practice: not just the quantity of time spent on a goal, but the quality of time. It’s not just about more time on a task, it’s better, more deliberate and focused time.

 

To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise eight.

 

Grit depends on hope – but not the I have a feeling tomorrow will be better hope – it’s the I resolve to make tomorrow better kind. Grit rests on the expectation that our own efforts can improve our future.

Grit is thinking of yourself as someone who is able to overcome tremendous adversity, which often leads to behaviour that confirms that self-conception.

Grit is when we feel like we have nothing left to give, and yet, in those dark and desperate moments, we find that if we just keep putting one foot in front of the other, there is a way to accomplish what all reason seems to argue against.

Grit is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise eight.

 

Take Angela’s Grit test and see how your levels of grit measure up: https://angeladuckworth.com/grit-scale/

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