Grit is a quality shared by those who stand in the face of resistance and continue standing long after most have gone. The scientist who devotes their life to proving a study despite the odds. The entrepreneur who builds an empire on little more than guts and determination. The artist who surpasses 99% of their peers through dedication to the craft, not the creation.
But what constitutes grit and how do you know if you have it?
1. Perseverance – You feel the need to persevere, not because you’ve been instructed to, but because you believe you have no choice if you wish to be your true self.
2. Hardiness – You understand that it is the elements that work to wear you down that are what make the work most interesting and worth doing.
3. Resilience – You have the ability to turn the endless thoughts of ‘get it done’ into a daily practice of doing the work.
4. Ambition – You consciously set very difficult long-term goals, and you stick with them, regardless of the feedback from others.
5. Flow – You feel that what you’re engrossed in isn’t nearly as important as the act of simply being engrossed.
Grit isn’t a title to be bandied about lightly. It can’t be faked and it can’t be found. You either have it or you don’t.
That’s not to say, great work can’t be achieved by those without grit, but it does put the playing field in perspective. If you don’t have it, there’s no shame, but learn to recognise it for the next time you’re picking your team.