It’s not just how smart you are, it’s how you hard you stick to it
Great talk by Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit.
IT ISN’T HOW SMART YOU ARE; IT’S HOW HARD YOU WORK
It is not any of the following:
- Social intelligence (being schmooozy)
- Good looks
- Physical health
It is about sticking to it. Getting it done, working hard. Grit.
It is having stamina, sticking with your future and not just doing it for the short-term, but for years to make that happen.
“GRIT” FOR ME, IS ALSO COMMITMENT & FOLLOW-THROUGH
You can be smart but if you don’t follow through, you’re hooped.
Frankly, I see this in people I deal with, people who:
- Promise to do things and never get them done (HATE!)
- Flake out on you (also known as being consistently LATE)
To a lesser extent, these people are also highly disorganized. They don’t have schedules, they don’t write anything down to remember it later (“Oh I’ll remember…”), and they don’t have real To Do lists to follow.
“LIFE IS A MARATHON NOT A SPRINT”
I’ve always said this about money — it’s not rushing to the finish line, it’s getting there in a sustainable manner so your habits will last for the rest of your life.
SOME PEOPLE HAVE GRIT LIKE YOU WOULDN’T IMAGINE
We’re pretty complacent as a society, and although we can rant and rave about how immigrants are supposedly smarter, and are taking over all of our jobs, it really is just a half truth.
Immigrants tend to have grit. They most likely come from
The only place where immigrants get caught (for me), are when their grit is so strong that they end up doing unimaginable things just in the name of success and making it, even if it hurts others either directly or indirectly.