You Can Grow Your Grit from the Inside Out ~ Angela Duckworth
It may not be how talented you are but how “gritty” you are when it comes to success. Passion and perseverance equal grit, according to Angela Duckworth, author of Grit, The most talented individuals may not be the most successful. It is talent and grit combined. Grit and a whole lot of effort can lead to success. Growing grit over our lifetime is often a combination of nature and nurture. In other words, grit is in our genes and it grows with life experiences.
Older and "Grittier"
You may think you are too old for grit. Good news, the older we are the grittier we become. When faced with adversity, how many times have you picked yourself up and dusted yourself off and kept moving forward? That’s grit! As humans we are adaptable. Life lessons can shape us. We may be faced with new circumstances. We adapt to these changes and eventually these new ways of being become habits. We are transformed by our life experiences.
Just before people quit one of the following four thoughts go through our heads, according to Angela Duckworth, author of Grit.
Pesky "Quitting" Thoughts
- “I’m bored.”
- “The effort isn’t worth it.”
- “This isn’t important to me.”
- “I can’t do this so I might as well give up.”
I would be lying if I said I had never had these thoughts, at times I have. The trick is to keep moving forward anyway, holding on to the hope that things will get better and easier.
It's Possible for Grit to Grow
Do you wonder how much grit you have? Are you at a place in your life where you want more? You’re in luck because our level of grit can grow over time.
Grit has Four Psychological Assets:
Being interested in what we do is the catalyst for passion. If we're lucky it’s an 80/20 thing, we love 80% of what we do and we put up with the rest. Overall though, interest ignites passion when we are doing something we enjoy. Hours fly by like minutes.
This is the quest to challenge ourselves to become proficient and skilled in a craft. Hours, days, weeks, whatever it takes. There is an inner drive to improve everyday. The word “can’t” doesn't come into it. We tell ourselves we will and and we do, over and over until our skills become second nature.
Purpose sustains interest. What we are passionate about matters. Our passions affect others. Our purpose can be closely aligned with the well-being of others. We may feel like this is what we are meant to do.
Hope comes into play at every stage. It’s hope that keeps us going when we feel defeated. It’s hope that says to practice one more time and keep going. Hope helps us put one foot in front of the other. Hope helps us take one step at a time.
Master a New Skill With Grit
We are telling you this because it takes grit to master a new skill. Becoming affiliate marketers took grit. It took a while before we knew we had passion for what we do. At first everything was exciting and new. Our eyes were opened to a new world that was full of potential. As time went on, we realized this was hard work. It took courage to shoot a video and a lot of thought and preparation to come up with a blog. We needed to learn what a blog was, so imagine our steep learning curve!
The Road to Purpose
As time went on we realized we were passionate about learning and helping others. At Six Figure Mentors we are surrounded by people located all around the world, all with different backgrounds and skills. We all come from different places, have different experiences, yet we are remarkably similar. We have values in common. We strive to achieve time and financial freedom while helping others to do the same.
Finding Meaningful Work
So Six Figure Mentors is a vehicle that provides an interest that we have become passionate about. Time zooms by faster than ever before it seems. We have practiced a lot. We move forward in our business every day. Whether we are creating a blog or a video we continue to work towards and achieve our goals. We set new ones and we celebrate wins. Our purpose is to help others achieve their purpose. Together making the world a more fun and inspiring place to live.
Adrienne & Bob
We are digital entrepreneurs who took a courageous leap to start our online business. We have owned an Executive Recruitment company for over twenty years. The industry is being rapidly disrupted by technology. Our business isn’t scaleable and we constantly trade time for money. Our digital business allows us flexibility to work when and where we want and do the things we enjoy. We are passionate about helping others achieve the same.