“in every field, grit may be as essential as talent to high success.”
- Duckworth, Peterson, Matthews, Kelly
“Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long Term Goals”
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 92, (January 2007)
As cited in Daniel H. Pink’s book Drive, the journal article mentioned here places grit high on the list of factors that contribute to success – possibly as essential as raw talent.
This is good news, right? In the absence of raw talent, we just need to get some grit! But wait – what is grit? Their definition for grit is actually identical to their article title:
Grit – perseverance and passion for long-term goals
Finding Grit as a factor of success was the result of studying military cadets to see which trait(s) ultimately served as indicators of eventual military success. Was it a physical trait? An intellectual trait? The answer, they found, was grit. Throughout grueling military training, the key indicator of eventual success was the grit of the cadet – not strength, not intellect, not leadership.
What does this mean for us?
Never be afraid that lack of talent might limit your chance of success! If you have grit – if you have perseverance and passion to achieve your long-term goals – then you have the tools for success!