The Guide to Grit

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Intro to grit

Life is full of ups and downs, and sometimes just downs and downers! It's hard to keep going after what we want when every day brings a new challenge, or 10.

The ability to do just that is grit. It's a vital component to success and achievement in this rough and tumble world. To learn how to get grittier, keep reading.

What is grit?

  • The ability to be resilient in the face of failure, combined with the consistent commitment and focused passion for success.
  • A combination of resilience and "stick-to-it-iveness." In other words, maintaining commitment in the face of a challenge.

Why is it important?

  • You need it. Life is messy and full of hurdles. You're going to get knocked down a lot. When you have grit, "quit" isn't in your vocabulary.
  • It increases productivity. When you never stop trying, you never stop producing.
  • It cultivates leaders. People admire someone who refuses to back down in the face failure. Be that person and others will follow you.
  • It builds confidence. When you have grit, you always keep going. When you never stop going, you eventually overcome your obstacles, building confidence and self-reliance for the next time you face them.

What does it look like in my life?

  • Bouncing back.
  • Having a sense of humor about the obstacles you face.
  • Thinking your way around a problem.
  • Maintaining your commitment to achieving your goals no matter what.

How do I maximize it?

  • Don't give up. What's the point? It's not going to stop being important to you just because you stop trying to get it. You may as well stick to it and build character in the process.
  • Take a breath. After a particularly hard fall, take some time to collect yourself. Reassess and incorporate what you've learned from your failure. Then get up and try again.
  • Laugh it off. We've all been there and we've all had those days. Sometimes, things just don't go your way. Take it in your stride and have a sense of humor about yourself and your failures. Chances are, it's not that serious.

A deeper look...

  • Research shows that resiliency accelerates success.
  • Stamina and perseverance prime you for achievement. Best of all, grit is a learnable skill.

Featured Researcher

Angela Duckworth, PhD, noted Psychologist and 2013 McArthur Fellowship Award winner.

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