But first, if you missed it, check out the first post here.
Questions:1. What is grit?
As I was discussing my thoughts for this followup post with John, he commented that the human struggle has always been one of instant versus delayed gratification. And this is essentially what "grit" comes down to.
Are you able to metaphorically endure the burn as you run up life's hills for the delayed gratification of making it to the top?
According to Angela Duckworth, the foremost researcher in "grit," it involves two qualities:
Not seeking something because of novelty. Not 'looking for a change.' The tendency not to abandon tasks from mere changeability.
(2) The tendency not to abandon tasks in the face of obstacles. Perseverance, tenacity, doggedness."So grit requires that you understand the big picture goal that you are going for and that you focus on this goal no matter what stands in your way along the way.
|Holding on despite the waves|
2. Are some people just naturally born with this trait or can you develop grittiness?
"Experts tend to operate outside their comfort zone and study themselves failing. This ability to tolerate, and even embrace, uncomfortableness may well be the 'X factor' that underpins outstanding achievement. Self-control, grit, self-analysis... these are not comfortable qualities. But, as renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic... has said: 'Nobody ever changes when they do things they like.'"
First of all, I write about topics that I want to grow and develop in too. So I definitely don't have perseverance or grit all figured out.
- Tell someone what you're trying to accomplish. Oftentimes we can't drum up the necessary motivation for ourselves. But if someone else knows what you are trying to accomplish, they can help hold you accountable and keep you motivated by reminding you of the big picture.