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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Grit: Who's Got It?

"A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop." 
Robert Hughes 



A few years ago a friend (insecure epicure) shared with me a New York Times Article about the qualities that have been found in successful individuals. More recently, a TED talk appeared on the same subject. The topic of how to be successful is popular. People will tell you that going to a good school and getting the best grades will help you land the perfect job.  Or they will say that finding the right job is all about who you know. Life is not that easy.  Connections are great, but if you do not step up to the plate, motivate yourself, take initiative and follow through on completing a task from start to finish, eventually you will come to a dead end and lose the opportunity for growth. It takes hard work to move ahead.

Whether the goal is to run one mile or 100 miles, find your dream job or lose five pounds, it can only be achieved with hard work, focus, tenacity and a plan. Ultimately, it is not the one college degree, the single connection or the "smartest" individual that achieves the most success.  One must stay on the entire journey and jump all the hurdles along the way.  The real question is: Do you have the grit to stick to the plan, stay focused and reach your goal?  Will you do whatever it takes.  Will you do it humbly?  Will you do it well, no matter the task?

It is easy to make excuses.  Articulating a goal is hard, but dealing with the hurdles on the road to achieving it is harder.  It is tempting to blame others when the going gets tough, but ask yourself, are you tough enough?  


Can you handle criticism?  Can you take advice?  Can you do something with the feedback you are given and become a better person?  Do you have grit?

In my own life, I am getting better at hearing advice I do not want to hear.  It means taking criticism that can be harsh.  It involves thinking until my brain hurts.  It is a lot like running a race or completing a physical activity. It is hard work, but it feels so good when it is done.   To be honest, I also like the process.  After all, the learning is in the doing.  

Luckily, at the beginning and end of the day, I have tea to help me slow down and reflect.  Tea allows me a moment to look at the big picture, stop and make a plan, refocus, reenergize and keep going strong.  

What is your goal?  What tools do you use to accomplish it?  Do you have grit?  

- Nicole Basso 







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