Leadership … Success – It’s About Grit

Angel Lee Duckworth, psychologist, is known for her study of a psychological trait known as grit, In her 2013 TED presentation, The Key to Success? Grit, she defines grit: “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

Dan Rockwell in a recent blog, the Editor of Forbes on Grit, cites Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, who states that “grit is a form of intelligence…. In the real world, smarts isn’t about looking for the next star student with a 4.0 or having an IQ that can boil water. Instead, it’s about the importance of hard work, of perseverance and resilience. Call it grit.”

Grit is the stuff of great leaders. It is that conscious “extra” and “above-and-beyond” that they give to everything that they do, think about or dream. It is the relentless spark that gives fire to the embers of their passion, the driving force of their life – the what they have chosen to be, the what they have chosen to do.

Vince Lombardi, renowned football coach, said: “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” Grow, feed your grit often with renewed dedication to your life’s purpose, that each moment of your magnificent journey you have applied the best of yourself to the task at hand. Continue to be more than you ever dreamed you could be… and more… so much more.

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