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What is being Gritty?

Why be a gritty person, What is Grit and why it’s important?

Grit is a personality trait possessed by individuals who demonstrate passion and perseverance toward a goal despite being confronted by significant obstacles and distractions.

According to the latest research, one of the biggest indicators of grit is the ability to delay gratification while working on a task.  Simple in theory, but very difficult in practice — especially in today’s technological world where we have so many distractions around.

For years, psychologists have attempted to locate the “miracle formula” needed to achieve our dreams.  Many have hypothesized that goal actualization comes to those who possess the remarkable skill, innate talent, superior genes, or possibly a high IQ;

Others believe that achievement comes from a stroke of luck or maybe even fate.  While none of those factors have proven to generate any kind of miracle formula. Research has found evidence that over any other measurable factor, possessing the quality of grit is the highest predictor of individual achieving greatness.

Those with grit do not look at their difficulties or failures as a reason to quit; rather, they utilize them as opportunities to grow stronger and become better equipped for the next challenge.

4 things the grittiest people have in common, according to a psychologist

In her book, Angela Duckworth outlines four characteristics that gritty people share.

1.      They’re interested

Success requires being deeply interested in what you’re working on. “Passion begins with intrinsically enjoying what you do,” Duckworth writes.

There may be parts of their work that they don’t love, but the overall activity excites them,

And they find it meaningful


2.      They practice

Without discipline and effort, initial talent will never develop into something fruitful, Duckworth says.

“They zero in on their weaknesses, and they focus over and over again, four hours a day, week after week, month after month and year after years.”

3.      They have a purpose

What motivates people to practice for days on end? A sense of meaning or Purpose

“What ripens passion is the conviction that your work matters,” Duckworth writes.

A feeling of purpose is very important for Gritty people which make them keep working hard despite challenges.

4.      They have hope

The belief that our dreams are within reach may be the most important piece of the puzzle.

“Hope does not define the last stage of grit. It defines every stage,” Duckworth writes. “They are always hopeful and positive, that’s what keeps them on the track.

If you’re worried that you don’t have one of these traits, you can still be successful. Duckworth says they aren’t “you-have-it-or-you-don’t commodities.” You can develop them. “You can grow your grit from the inside out,” she writes.

If one wants to become excellent at anything, be it basketball, algebra, public speaking, healthy eating, money management, organization, or even their marriage, they must commit to avoiding distractions and persevering when challenges arise.  Sure, talent, intelligence, and being at the right place at the right time may all play some role in achieving success, but it is really the quality of being gritty that will prove to be most critical on your quest.

There really is no way around it: working hard is necessary if you want to get what you want.

There are a few things we can do to teach and build this characteristic to ourselves:


  • Manage your distractions.

We all have things in our lives that pull us away from what really matters. Whether it’s social media, television, our bad habits, or an unhealthy relationship, they all offer us early rewards without lasting value.  Discover what most commonly distracts you, determine what small reward it’s offering you, and in your moments of temptation, remind yourself of the greater reward that you are trying to achieve in realizing your ultimate goal.


  • Eradicate your “fixed mindset.”

The results are in: success does not just land itself on the laps of those who are privileged, blessed, or lucky.  Talent is earned; if you desire it, you must work for it.

  • Confront your fears of failure.

Everyone fails and encounters some level of challenge.  If something is valuable enough to you, decide that you are willing to experience some amount of failure in order to achieve it.  Without that, you will not be vulnerable enough to just begin.


  • Generate your own early rewards.

When there’s a task that feels really big, it’s easy to get discouraged.  If you break it down into smaller pieces and reward yourself along the way, you will be more aware of your progress and more likely to stay motivated to the task at hand.

By Shoaib Ahmed

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