The Importance of Grit

gritGrit? You may be asking. The gravel we throw on roadways? Not at all!

You may have heard before how important grit is to becoming successful. And what is grit? That mental toughness, that tenacity, that pushes some people further than others over the course of time, especially difficult times. If you haven’t heard why this is so important, or haven’t been convinced yet, may I introduce you to Angela Lee Duckworth’s TED talk.

My personal favorite quote from the talk, “They [the students] don’t believe that failure is a permanent condition.”

It’s an important lesson for us all as humans, but also as entrepreneurs. We will come across many failures, but none will define us forever. In fact, most failures won’t define us at all, they will just make for a bad day. But if you are persistent and know what goal you are working towards, failure can be an easier experience.

So how do you cultivate the habits of grit? Inc recently posted a nice article about the 7 Habits of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness to help get you started.

One thing that I would like to add to that list and the idea of creating grit within yourself is your community. Reaching out to others that have shared experiences is incredibly valuable. Whether it’s to celebrate successes or failures, to learn and get inspired, or simply to unwind with a drink together. Having the social protective net is invaluable. You are not alone!

by Krysta Jackson

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