Being A Successful Entrepreneur or Professional Takes Grit. Do You Have It ?

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When I read Andrew Medal’s  great article in entrepreneur.com about being tough, showing courage, resolve, strength of character. It reminded me of another post about the dichotomy and the gender expectations around grit or being touch in business or professional life. “A Man’s a Boss, a Woman’s Bossy” – youtube video that showcases the sad reality of gender labels and biases https://youtu.be/B8gz-jxjCmg by P&G Pantene and BBDO Guerrero, Manila.

I think one of the true measure of Grit is to not care about what people’s opinion are about what you want to accomplish. Also be aware that life will bring you lessons to test you. You will fall, learn and edit. The other aspect is to make sure you have a strong, loyal support system.  So stay the course and detach from anything or anyone in your way, no matter the gender.

read more at entrepreneur.com The definition of grit is courage and resolve or strength of character. It can also mean an indomitable and irrepressible spirit that doesn’t back down in the face of failure or obstacles. Grit helped me overcome two years in prison and losing a loved one, and it propels me forward with every step being an entrepreneur.

Experts identify five characteristics of grit. If you have them, you’ll be better equipped to handle the challenges life throws at you. How do you stack up?

1. Stay strong in the face of pain, fear or grief.

People often underestimate just how courageous and resilient they can be. Every aspect of life requires a little bit of courage. A child needs the courage to face the first day of school, and a student needs the courage to step out into the world after graduation.

2. Be meticulous, detail-oriented and careful.

Conscientiousness requires patience and commitment and is a significant characteristic of grit. People who are conscientious try their best to avoid mistakes and never jump hastily into commitments. While courage is the ability to make mistakes and face failure, conscientiousness is the capacity to work hard to avoid failures and errors in the first place.

3. Stay confident, committed and optimistic.

It’s easy to dismiss resilient individuals as stubborn. They stay on their path and are determined to succeed despite all odds. They’re confident in their ability to make sacrifices, put in the effort and overcome failures to reach their goals.

4. Be outstanding or extremely good.

People with grit will always strive to achieve excellence rather that focus on perfection. While perfection focuses on the result of your efforts, excellence is more concerned with how you get there. Excellence is a forgiving concept and only asks you to give your all to a particular task.

If you fail despite your best efforts, you’ll learn from your mistakes and move on. If you succeed, you’ve achieved the best result possible. Think of excellence as progress vs. perfection. It’s better to start and learn with a bad product, then to have never started at all.

5. Stay put in difficult situations to achieve long-term goals.

You won’t succeed in life if you don’t remain on a path you’ve chosen, regardless of how difficult and challenging the road becomes. Most people find it difficult to keep up the hard work and want quick rewards. Long-term goals require time, patience, sacrifices and effort and you need to have the endurance to stay on the path.

All of these characteristics of grit will help you succeed in your personal and professional life. If you don’t yet possess these characteristics, life will happen and you will either develop grit or live a life of helplessness. As John Ortberg explained: “Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness.” read more at entrepreneur.com

 

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