The concept of “grit” is getting a lot of attention. While it is nothing new, grit – defined as perseverance and passion for achieving long-term goals — is being studied closely now. Why? Because experts think it is one of the best predictors of success.
Grit got the spotlight shone on it a few years ago, thanks to a TED Talk by Angela Duckworth. This teacher-turned-academic researcher discovered that in many cases, grit, not IQ, predicted achievement in school.
Since then, Duckworth and other experts have come to recognize that grit can also make a huge difference in our careers, too. Being “gritty” means being courageous and resilient enough to stay the course until you achieve your goal. It means not avoiding uncomfortable situations and not giving up in the face of failure as you move toward the end game.
As Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart and bestselling author, once said: “Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.”
Take the Experteer Career Grit Quiz to see if you have some of it.