GRIT – Do You Have What It Takes?

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I was speaking with a colleague last week and we were talking about current projects that we are working on, and future projects and goals. He was amazed with all the ideas that I have and with my enthusiasm and passion for my work. He told me that I have a lot of GRIT.

My colleague then asked if I had seen the Ted Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth:The Key To Success? Grit. I confessed to never having seen it and he recommended that I watch it. I did and love it! (Scroll down to the bottom to watch it. It’s only 6 minutes long and well worth it.)

I love the word Grit.

Grit is an important factor to being successful in life. Look around you…Why do some people accomplish more than others of equal intelligence?

Besides intelligence it comes down to personality traits. After reading numerous articles, my favorite way to describe these personality traits are: Growth, Resilience, Integrity and Tenacity = GRIT.

Wikipedia defines Grit as;
“…a positive, non-cognitive trait, based on an individual’s passion for a particular long-term goal or endstate coupled with a powerful motivation to achieve their respective objective. This perseverance of effort promotes the overcoming of obstacles or challenges that lie within a gritty individual’s path to accomplishment and serves as a driving force in achievement realization. Commonly associated concepts within the field of psychology include “perseverance,” “hardiness,” “resilience,” “ambition,” “need for achievement” and conscientiousness.”

People that have Grit, work hard, persevere, and don’t give up. They realize that the path to success is not a straight line. It’s a squiggly line. There will be a lot of bumps along the way as well. People with Grit look at the obstacles in their path as a way to grow and learn. They stay focused on long term goals. They never give up.

Do you have what it takes to be successful?

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6 comments

  1. Johann Gauthier a.k.a MR.Renaissance – Ottawa and Montréal, Canada – Global HR, Leadership and Talent Evangelist Colleagues, Friends and Family describe me as bringing my own dose of chutzpah in the pursuit of NBE - Nothing But Excellence I live to co-create masterpieces by combining just enough HP (high performance) with NBE = Pure Energy and Creativity supported by Deep Presence Just Play your own Music Stay on your Path
    Johann Gauthier a.k.a MR.Renaissance says:

    Ah! Chantal!
    I believe the description suits you very well… you are an exemplary leader with grit 😉
    I really feel blessed to know YOU!
    Johann

    • Chantal Bechervaise – Outaouais Region - Canada – I blog about everything surrounding the world of work and how it intersects with personal life. Topics include: HR, Leadership, Social Media, Technology, Work-Life Balance, Employee Engagement, Workplace Culture and Achieving Success and Happiness. It is all about your own personal balance and what is appropriate for you. I also love the outdoors and reconnecting with nature.
      Chantal Bechervaise says:

      Thank you so much Johann! 🙂 I appreciate and value you!

  2. Jon Mertz – Jon is a thought entrepreneur, named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business by Trust Across America, 2014 – 2016, and highlighted as a “Leader to Watch” in 2015 by the American Management Association. His background includes leadership roles for entrepreneurial and enterprise companies – Corepoint Health, Deloitte, and IBM – along with serving in Washington, DC, in various political appointments. Jon is pursuing a doctorate in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University.
    Jon Mertz says:

    Agree! We need to have grit to engage our purpose, lead with empathy, and thrive in challenging times. Grit is a necessary trait and skill. Great points, Chantal! Thank you, Jon

    • Chantal Bechervaise – Outaouais Region - Canada – I blog about everything surrounding the world of work and how it intersects with personal life. Topics include: HR, Leadership, Social Media, Technology, Work-Life Balance, Employee Engagement, Workplace Culture and Achieving Success and Happiness. It is all about your own personal balance and what is appropriate for you. I also love the outdoors and reconnecting with nature.
      Chantal Bechervaise says:

      Thank you for your comment Jon! 🙂

  3. Chantal

    What a great GRITTY post!

    I love the word GRIT you can feel the passion in the sound of even saying it.

    grit
    grit
    grit

    When we have passion, when we persevere with a full heart. nothing can stop us. Nothing!

    Thanks so much for sharing. Truly enjoyed your post!

    Lolly
    Lead From Within.

    • Chantal Bechervaise – Outaouais Region - Canada – I blog about everything surrounding the world of work and how it intersects with personal life. Topics include: HR, Leadership, Social Media, Technology, Work-Life Balance, Employee Engagement, Workplace Culture and Achieving Success and Happiness. It is all about your own personal balance and what is appropriate for you. I also love the outdoors and reconnecting with nature.
      Chantal Bechervaise says:

      Thank you Lolly! And thank you for taking the time to comment. I like saying the word grit too. It’s fun to say. 🙂

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