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.
So do you think you have grit?
We found this quiz online. Try it out.
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.