From the Desk of a Diva: Grit


Grit, sounds dirty doesn’t it? As a diva, you probably like to be cute, but sometimes, getting dirty is a must. Nevertheless, I was reading about an event for entrepreneurs that Ashton Kutcher recently attended and donated money for a start up. He said that more than likely multiple people will have the same idea, but if he likes the person and sees that they have “grit” he is more inclined to invest in their business, which is how his company has donated to fifty other small businesses.

Grit is perseverance, hard work, and drive to improve. It is usually fueled by a goal bigger than one’s self. Those who possess it usually have experienced hardship, failure, and humiliation earlier in their lives. Experts consider it to be the number #1 indicator of high performers and a key characteristic of a leader.

Angele Lee Duckworth, Ph. D hosted a TED Talk discussing grit and how it is  the real determinant of a student’s success not their standardized test scores or daily grades.

True Grit: Can Perseverance Be Taught?

So do you think you have  grit?

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A clear goal

Determination despite others’ doubts

Self-confidence about figuring it out

Humility about knowing it doesn’t come easy

Persistence despite fear

Patience to handle the small obstacles that obscure the path

A code of ethics to live by

Flexibility in the face of roadblocks

A capacity for human connection and collaboration

A recognition that accepting help does not equate to weakness

A focus and appreciation of each step in the journey

An appreciation of other people’s grit

A loyalty that never sacrifices connections along the way

An inner strength to help propel you to your goal


One with grit will have more yes’s than no’s and will work toward making their no’s into yes’s.

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