Grit, curiosity and the other Performance Character traits have been shown to be the best predictors of life success.
By understanding our personal thresholds, “what pain am I willing to take to accomplish X?”, we are able to set realistic career goals for ourselves.
So what is Grit?
Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals.
One way to think about grit is to consider what grit isn’t.
Grit isn’t talent. Grit isn’t luck. Grit isn’t how intensely, for the moment, you want something.
Instead, grit is about having what some researchers call an”ultimate concern”–a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And grit is holding steadfast to that goal. Even when you fall down. Even when you screw up. Even when progress toward that goal is halting or slow.
Talent and luck matter to success. But talent and luck are no guarantee of grit. And in the very long run, Angela Duckworth, the best-selling author who popularized the concept of Grit, thinks grit may matter as least as much, if not more.