The Characteristics of Grit

  • 5 Characteristics Of Grit — How Many Do You Have?

1) Courage

  • Hard to measure, but directly proportional to your level of grit.
  • Relates to your ability to manage fear of failure.
  • The supremely gritty are not afraid to tank, but rather embrace it as part of a process.
  • The supremely gritty understand that there are valuable lessons in defeat and that the vulnerability of perseverance is requisite for high achievement.

2) Conscientiousness: Achievement Oriented vs. Dependable

  • Five core character traits from which human personalities stem are: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, and Neurotic. Conscientiousness is most connected to GRIT.
  • The achievement-oriented individual is one who works tirelessly, tries to do a good job, and completes the task at hand.
  • The dependable person is more notably self-controlled and conventional.
  • Achievement orientated traits predicted job proficiency and educational success far better than dependability.
  • In the context of conscientious, grit, and success, it is important to commit to go for the gold rather than just show up for practice.

3) Long-Term Goals and Endurance: Follow Through

  • Long-term goals are achieved when practice has purpose. This is the difference between someone who succeeds and someone who is just spending a lot of time doing something.
  • Long-term goals provide the context and framework in which to find the meaning and value of your long-term efforts, which helps cultivate drive, sustainability, passion, courage, stamina…grit.

4) Resilience = Optimism, Confidence, and Creativity

  • A key component of grit is resilience.
  • Resilience is the powering mechanism that draws your head up, moves you forward, and helps you persevere despite whatever obstacles you face along the way.
  • Gritty people believe, “everything will be alright in the end, and if it is not alright, it is not the end.”

5) Excellence (not perfection)

  • Excellence is an attitude.
  • The word excellence is derived from the Greek word Arête, which is bound with the notion of fulfilment of purpose or function and is closely associated with virtue.
  • Excellence is far more forgiving, allowing and embracing failure and vulnerability on the ongoing quest for improvement.
  • Excellence allows for disappointment, and prioritises progress over perfection.
  • Perfection is someone else’s perception of an ideal, and ultimately unattainable. Anxiety, low self-esteem, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance abuse, and clinical depression are only a few of the conditions ascribed to “perfectionism.”

About Janis Adams

CEO/Founder, Academic Achievers Inc.
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