“When you look at people practising, you find they make tons and tons of mistakes. It’s by making those mistakes that you get better. Making mistakes and failing is normal – in fact, they’re necessary.” – Angela Duckworth
Are you familiar with the term ‘Grit’? If you do know, can you believe that this term was a vague concept until Angela Duckworth first started investigating grit psychology less than ten years ago? You have to because the term isn’t a myth anymore.
It is a branch of psychology widely accepted by people all over the globe. So then, What is grit?
Grit is defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals. The idea investigated by Duckworth was at first dumped by the society but later with her studies on prominent personalities, the term Grit came to be accepted. In a sense, Duckworth herself lived the meaning of her own idea.
Grit is the ability to be patient enough when you do not get immediate positive feedback. Those with high grit can maintain their determination over long periods. Nothing can knot them. They will work hard again and again despite failure and adversity.
People with high grit have passion and commitment towards their long-term goals. This provides the energy for moving on and facing challenges. If you are the person who believes that setbacks won’t discourage you and you won’t give up no matter how tough the circumstances are, then you should appreciate yourself.
Duckworth has developed a Grit Scale that reflects how passionate and persevering people are. Why Grit is important in your workplace?
Duckworth says that grit matters more than talent and anyone who has a little grit can enhance it. It is a factor elevating your work productivity. It is nothing magical or unattainable. Happily, every person is blessed with grit in their character. The only difference is that the level of grit varies from person to person.
How to apply Grit in workplace?
1. Pursue passion
Passions are unmastered things which keep us going ahead. They drive us to improve and involve challenges. But in the end, the process itself is rewarding and you feel proud of yourself. In the workplace, you can’t always choose what to pursue. There, grit works like taking up the challenges and motivating selves.
Duckworth found that in a firm grittier people are dramatically more motivated than others to seek meaning in everything. As said afore, you may not always get choices to pursue in a professional environment. Hence you have to make sure working on activities that excite you or make the activities exciting.
2. Put into Practice
The people with high grit hard working. Working hard develops skill, and we’re more likely to stick with things we’re good at. Angela Duckworth says that over years of working in a very diligent way on weaknesses, one improves.
3. Push yourself
There will be days when you don’t want to work on the thing, but never quit. Stick on and push yourself to get the best out of it. Gritty people are always focused on improving their selves, working hard and challenging the challenges. They do not focus on incentives like bonuses, promotions or stock options. And that’s why a job is a calling for every gritty person.
Spend time with gritty people if you find yourself low. Observe how they make use of chances and try their level maximum. When your whole team is having a never give up attitude and perseverant nature, you will see the grit culture slowly evolving at your workplace. Hold onto it, develop it to higher levels and you will build a firm where employees are constantly motivated by the risks.