Today, I'm not writing about social media, just ironically on it.
I want to share my thoughts on grit, what it is and why we all need it. And just so we're on the same page, I'm dropping a definition of what grit is below:
"Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals."
So by having grit, you can persist in something you feel passionate about and persevere when you face obstacles. See, this kind of passion isn't about having these cinematic emotions or crazy infatuations. Rather, it's about having direction and true, honest commitment. When you obtain this passion, you can stay committed to a task that may be difficult or boring.
Grit is also about perseverance. To persevere means to stick with it; to continue working hard even after experiencing difficulty or failure.
The ability to be gritty—to stick with things that are important to you and bounce back from failure— not bouncing backwards, is an essential part of the machine to success, independent of and beyond what talent and intelligence contribute.
I’m going to say it again because it’s worth repeating, and I honestly believe it goes against what we’re taught in school and in our social circles.
Grit is vital because it is a key driver of achievement and success, independent of and beyond what talent and intelligence contribute. Being naturally smart and talented is great, but to truly do well and thrive, flourish and succeed, we need the ability to persevere. Without grit, talent may be nothing more than unmet potential.
• Talent x Effort = Skill
• Skill x Effort = Achievement
What talent is, is how quickly your skills improve when you put in effort. Achievement is what happens when you take your acquired skills and use them.
As you can see from the above equations, effort counts TWICE. That’s why GCSE'S and A-Level results aren’t good indicators of someone’s future success.
Honestly, and this is so personal for me, I had battled with weight, food and insecurities for a long time, then I discovered grit. I lost 30 kilos, changed my life, I now run a business and there are so many in-betweens I could add but the mentioned are the primary.
I just broke my leg and after dwelling for 8 weeks, leg casted, I'm finally back in the gym, on crutches, persevering and self improving. If you are any of the following : business owner, student, entrepreneur, 9-5'er, human. Find grit and in consequence you will find great things. I promise.