Written By Business Catalyst Consulting Collaborator - July 08 2019
We Know You Have Grit
Black Finch evolved from our passion to succeed. It stemmed from our drive to persevere. Black Finch evolved with Grit.
Motivation is often the reason entrepreneurs start a new business, but motivation is not what ultimately makes them successful. “Grit” is a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual’s perseverance of effort combined with the passion for a particular long-term goal.
Because we refuse to ever give anything less than 100%, we have found success in pursuing our dreams of being business owners. In today’s day and age, where there seems to be so many “overnight successes” it is important to remember that these big wins didn’t come on a whim or by a stroke of luck. Just like you spent 4-8 years in school to become the professional that you are, entrepreneurs that succeed have been working towards greatness for longer than it seems. The entrepreneurs that become a success possess similar qualities, including determination, resilience and optimism, but the one thing that sets them apart is grit.
What Is Grit?
Here is a definition of grit from psychologist and researcher, Angela Duckworth:
“Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals.” – Angela Duckworth
Grit is both a skill and a trait. It’s the ability persevere when you face obstacles that don’t appear to have a solution- ones that the general public would quit before solving. It’s having direction and commitment with an intense passion to succeed. When you have this type of passion, you find ways to stay committed to a long-term goal or task that may be difficult or boring.
Along with passion, grit is about perseverance. It’s sticking with it and continuing to work hard even after experiencing a difficulty or failure. The ability to be gritty is an essential trait of success, but just because someone is talented or intelligent, doesn’t mean that they have grit.
“Even if some of the things they had to do were boring, or frustrating, or even painful, they wouldn’t dream of giving up. Their passion was enduring.” – Angela Duckworth
Why Is Grit Important?
Grit is a driver of achievement and success that is independent of what talent and intelligence contribute. Everyone can agree that being naturally smart, talented or athletic is awesome, but to truly succeed in all aspects of life, we must possess the ability to persevere. If you lack grit, being smart and talented may simply leave you on the outside of your full potential.
Duckworth’s research shows us that it wasn’t IQ and natural talent that made the biggest difference in who was successful and who wasn’t – it was all about effort. Duckworth came up with two equations to explain this concept:
Talent x effort = skill
Skill x effort = achievement.
Angela Duckworth explains that talent is how quickly your skills improve when you invest effort. Really, effort counts twice as much for what we want to achieve. Our potential is one thing, but what we actually do with it, is another.
Duckworth explains, “The attraction of thinking that people are gifted or special in a way we aren’t, call it the “X” factor or call it “genius,” is derived from our insecurity, really. Because if I say that Einstein’s a genius, then you don’t have to compete with him because he is not in your category. When you say ‘You know what? A lot of that success comes from dedicated hours of practice and thought,’ then you are a little bit responsible to see how well you can do.”
Duckworth continuously challenges that by having confidence in grit relies on us, as individuals.
How To Develop Grit?
As mentioned earlier, grit is both a trait and a skill. This means you can still acquire grit over time. It can be taught, and you can train your grit over time.
Here are three ways to develop and strengthen your grit:
Embrace challenges and failures that come with passion
Join a team
At Black Finch we are, Committed to the Gritty! Join the revolution and stop wearing scrubs and start wearing Black Finch.