Grit. No, not grits. Grit, as in tenaciousness, courage, resolve, strength of character. There is lot of buzz about grit right now. Teaching our kids grit is likely a much better way to give them a boost up in life versus more math or basketball lessons. You see, grit can be applied to all parts of your life and those who have the grit to hang in there and push for long term goals are our future leaders, our innovators … the people most likely to succeed.
Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, a New York Times bestseller, she convincingly writes that talent is not the predictor of success, it’s passion and the perseverance to keep going … and that’s grit. It’s a great book for anyone looks for a new non-fiction book to add to your bedside table or Kindle. Forbes published an article on the five characteristics of grit, from Duckworth’s book. They are courage, conscientiousness, long-term goals and endurance, resilience, and seeking excellence over perfection.
This simply strikes a huge nerve for us. We love grit. We feel like we need chairs painted with GRIT on them at work as, similar to how many entrepreneurs feel, there were many times at StyleBlueprint that grit was all we had … the belief in the positive story, the love of local … the grit to persevere. And, we know we are not alone.
Whether you embrace grit with the way your team shows up to give their all time and time again, or you’ve worked long and hard and your friends and family don’t understand why, when you choose courage over giving in, a passion for getting it right over doing it until it’s just okay, when you look for the long term goals of what you are creating (hello all parents!) and know that you also need to move ahead and not get bogged down with absolute perfection … yeah, you’ve got grit.
Wear your GRIT hat with pride. Look for ways to win, to encourage, to get up and do it all again. Grit!
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