What type of people become successful and why do those people flourish when others don't?
What would you say was the number one ingredient to become successful? Is it talent? Is it emotional intelligence? Is it IQ?
Actually, the main reason some people prosper when others don't is grit.
Grit is defined by psychologist and researcher, Angela Duckworth, as a passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. It is having the stamina to put in the hard uncomfortable work that others aren't willing to do. It is the understanding that your goals aren't going to be achieved overnight, but will require effort, desire, and motivation over the long haul. It is sustaining the passion that burns in your soul.
But how do we cultivate grit in our daily lives? Researchers don't really know the answer to that question. But one thing that seems to be emerging from the study of what makes people gritty is that they have a growth mindset.
A growth mindset is the understanding that the ability to learn is not fixed and that trying and failing actually leads to improvement.
So the science seems to be pointing to the fact that the best way to develop grit is to identify your weaknesses and do the uncomfortable, scary, and hard work to improve those limitations.
Please check out the video below to learn more about developing grit in your life and leave me a comment about your thoughts on fostering grit.
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Terry is a sought after speaker who believes in the power of a story to motivate, inspire, and help others lead their uncommon and extraordinary lives. By combining his eleven-year cancer journey with his diverse business, athletic coaching, and hostage negotiating expertise, he delivers compelling yet relatable presentations for conferences, on-line events, panels, meetings, and seminars.