Grit – defined as “sustained perseverance and passion for long-term goals” – is a relatively newly defined construct, identified by Martin Seligman’s research team at the University of Pennsylvania, the home of positive psychology.
It is not talent, or intelligence, or education that best predicts success; it’s grit. Success in the real world depends on sustained performance, and grit is a predictor of real world performance. A person’s level of grittiness will reveal their ability to execute ideas and sustain long-term goals.
“sustained perseverance and passion for long-term goals” Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania
Angela Duckworth’s short test of grit reliably measures consistency of passion and persistence in the face of struggle and failure. Essentially, how single-minded are you? And how do you respond to the inevitable frustrations and failures along the way?
Since 2005, it has been shown in field after field, including business, the military, education and athletics, that grit scores are highly predictive of achievement under challenging circumstances. For example, at the elite United States Military Academy, West Point, grit contributed more than intelligence, leadership ability or physical fitness to successful outcomes.
Grit is both a skill and an attitude; a belief that you will achieve your goal if you stick with it. With Get Gritty you will develop grit, by focusing on mindset, self-belief, learning from setbacks, and taking action. It takes intelligence, talent and strength to set a far-reaching goal and drive relentlessly towards it. But they are not enough. Ability, talent and strength frequently shut down in the face of adversity. Grit never quits.