The past week I have been reading Grit by Angela Duckworth. Grit is a great book and it discusses how the power of passion perseverance trumps talent any day of the week. Prior to reading this book I thought I had a lot of Grit, but I realized I fell short in this area.
She said grit is like falling in love and staying in love. It's endurance in a specific category over time and if you keep jumping all around your grit level isn't too high.
I took this as an insult. I said, "I have grit!" I can push my body to places most people wouldn't even dare going to so I was shocked when I scored in the 50th percentile on the grit scale.
I examined what I was doing in my life and why I didn't score as high as I would've hoped on the grit scale. After some self refelction, I immediately knew the answer.
I haven't been pursuing my true passion in life!
When you experience true love you're drawn to something forever. If you don't stick with your love, it really wasn't real. In order to have grit and stay with something long term, you have to love what you're doing. It's shocking to me that most people hate what they do every single day of their lives. A majority of society is working to get to the weekend instead of being excited to get out of bed everyday and go pursue their passion. The secret to grit is finding your passion, but to do this we need to explore. If you're interested in something, try it and see if it's the right fit...It could lead to grit which in turn will give you one epic life.
Passion and perseverance does trump talent any day of the week. If you love what you're doing, you won't mind the late nights or the "grind." Find what aligns with you and go get after it because everyday that you're unhappy is a waste of time.
Grit comes with doing what you truly love so go out and find that passion!
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