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Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Achieving Long-Term Goals

Leaders never stop learning. They are able to identify the qualities missing in their leadership compound and set out to acquire, enhance, or nurture them as a means of becoming even more successful. “Grit” is defined by leading researcher Angela Duckworth as: “Sticking with the perseverance and passion for long-term goals until you master them.”

Becoming gritty is essential in accomplishing important life goals, especially if those goals are long-term and will require years of hard work, overcoming setbacks, and facing challenges. Investing the time to develop your level of “grit” is one element of the secret sauce that will help you master your leadership compound—and take yourself from good to great.

Here are a few of the best ideas to “get gritty” from leading researchers in the field:

1. Surround yourself with gritty people

Gritty people surround themselves with likeminded people who are mentally and physically tough. Connect and spend time with people who demand the best of themselves and others. Having someone in your life that will support, push, and challenge you to do what is necessary to succeed can be invaluable. Read other real-life stories of people who have demonstrated “grit” in the pursuit of their goals—these can serve as inspiration and reminders of what it takes to be successful.

2. Adapt when circumstances dictate

Gritty people know that over time some of their choices will prove wrong. But they don’t allow failure or criticism to define them. They quickly acknowledge what went wrong and start developing new strategies to get what they want. This type of resiliency lets others know that you are confident in your ability to get what you want and encourages their support.

3. Don’t shy away from challenges (and don’t quit)

Gritty people are willing to step outside and live at the end of their comfort zone. They know that facing challenges and taking risks expands their horizons, options, and opportunities for growth. This gives them their competitive edge, builds inner strength, and reinforces the belief that they can handle whatever life brings their way.

4. Pursue life with passion

Gritty people are highly passionate about what they do and often are singularly focused on the path to achieving their goals as they move their way toward greatness. They ardently pursue all options, and create new pathways where there were none to accomplish their goals. Passion is highly motivating and can give gritty people the edge over other less passionate people.

Flexing your grit muscle begins with looking at the long-term goals on your list and identifying those that require more tenacity. Then, share them with your “grit team.” Ask them to support you and cheer you on when the going gets tough.