Failure hurts. It isn’t fun and no one enjoys walking through it.
Most people want things to come easily. They want stuff to work out well the first go around. They want things to come naturally.
Most people desire for talent alone to carry them to victory. Grit may be the stuff of motivational posters, but it doesn’t sound like the path they’d choose to walk.
If your honest, that’s exactly how you want to world to work. You want to work hard, but not THAT hard. Grinding away sounds miserable.
But it’s the path you’ve got to walk if you want success. There’s the old saying, “inspiration must find you working.” Few things ring so true.
That’s how life works. You must work, work, and work. Push past resistance. Stay the course come what may.
You’ll find that everything, absolutely everything, you want in life on the other side of this type of work.
“The things which hurt,” Benjamin Franklin said, “instruct.”
All the pain, stress, and exhaustion that comes as a result are part of the path. It teaches and informs who you are. It makes you the person you become.
Grit is one of your most important attributes. It takes care of you when everything else falls through.
Push harder when things get hard. Get up when you fail. Don’t get discouraged when things don’t go your way. Keep working away day after day, week after week, month after month, you get the picture.
That’s what grit looks like.
Grit is closely related to consistency and passion. Grit is consistently working with passion despite obstacles.
Lean into grit. Make it your secret weapon. Keep it in your back pocket and pull it out when life demands.