Does being grittier helps you to achieve a successful career?

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MJ Gonzales│

Endurance is essential to handle left and right pressures, but what about facing trials after failures? Isn’t easy to believe if detractors’ doubt in you? Though tough periods are hard to bear, the coping mechanism of people is what makes them weak or successful individuals. Thus, it is important not only have endurance, but perseverance or strong grit. Wait, what is grit?

American Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth revolutionized the definition of grit through her study.  In her well-viewed TED Talk video, the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship’ recipient or genius explained that grit is the “passion and perseverance combined, for a long-term goal.”  Duckworth also shared grit is holding on your dream everyday of your life and striving your best to make it happen even it takes a long time.

Also in the Duckworth’s talk, she said that the predictor of success is not IQ, social intelligence nor beauty but Grit. She also clarified that it’s not like “sprint,” but “marathon” as there a lot of talented individuals who failed to become achievers simply because of their lack of commitment. The former Math teacher also added that everyone can develop grit by developing growth mindset or considering failures as stepping stones when people encounter those.

According to University of Pennsylvania’s Duckworth Lab, , published in her book about Grit, provides insights and proofs how this non-cognitive trait help individuals get through tough times.  On the other note, grit should be also coupled with self-control as it’s better than level IQ to measure improvement.  It’s also one of the realization that Duckworth’s team found out in their Grit test that involved Scripps National Spelling Bee, West Point Military Academy, and Chicago public schools.

grit Pixabay 1_FotorIn an interview with ASCD, an international education association, Duckworth shared that what surprised in their research was inverse connection between grit and talent.  She explained that often individuals who believed they’re talented in their field are not actually maximizing their potentials.

“That was surprising because rationally speaking, if you’re good at things, one would think that you would invest more time in them. You’re basically getting more return on your investment per hour than someone who’s struggling. If every time you practice piano you improve a lot, wouldn’t you be more likely to practice a lot?” Duckworth shared with Deborah Perkins-Gough’s article.

With this study about grit, it reminds that losing or a failure in your career is not the end. In fact, it can be the start for you to become hungrier to reach your goals. Perhaps, you made some mistakes and yet, those are just ways to lead you to better path.