Grit aka Being on the right path to success


“Grit isn’t about doing work because it’s work. Grit means you’re positively motivated to achieve.”

Whatever we do, we always seem to come back to the things one needs to achieve success. It’s our human nature, or maybe our… entrepreneur nature. Every time we try to point out what is actually essential, we come to the conclusion that nothing is. Being successful doesn’t entail having all the qualities out there, but merely valuing and nurturing the ones you have been genuinely gifted with.

There are some though that can also be learned on the go. People can learn to be more resilient and less impacted by setbacks. One of them, which we found played a pretty big role in many entrepreneurs’ path to accomplishing their life goals is persistence. Some researchers call it grit. Others call it stick-to-it-ness. Whatever name is used, the idea is the same: the tenacity to not give up.

Modestly stubborn

That’s pretty much what you need to start with — modest stubbornness. Because apparently if you don’t have this, if you tend to quit easily, you are done.

In other words, it’s possible to succeed in business if you’re not creative or flexible or adaptive. Or if you don’t have an Ivy League graduate diploma. But if you lack grit or if you ignore the need to develop grit, it may be all for nothing.

There’s more than meets the eye

But grit is not just about clenching your teeth and not letting go of the things you want to achieve. In order to work, persistence needs to work hand in hand with motivation and passion. What does that mean? Well, grit is ultimately about knowing deep down inside that your goals are entirely worth it. Your motivation needs to be intrinsic and they need to surpass the simple need to earn money. Because there is more than wanting to make money — there’s for instance the wish to make things better for people and for the world we live in. When you add this, you get what grit really is about — the capacity to go through whatever it takes, including struggle and sacrifice, in order to achieve your most worthy goals.

To us, GRIT stands for:

1. Gut and Growth

Your instinct is many times better than what your mind tells you. So in order to grow, to improve ourselves and get more chances at a successful life, we ought to listen more to our gut. What is it exactly? It’s the courage to trust our subconscious mind to guide us, sometimes despite the odds and despite what others may think. The trick is to allow our instincts to be free and tell us what is best to do. In a world where everything is controlled, we are often scared of letting go and jumping into something based on our feelings. And to some extent, we are right to do so. But when something feels right and natural, the choice becomes strangely easy, doesn’t it?

2. Resilience

“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” — Confucius

It seems resilient people are the ones who develop this great mental capacity which allows them to adapt with ease during adversity, bending like the green reed instead of breaking like the mighty oak. But how come they possess this powerful trait?

In the world of Grit, being resilient means to adapt and respond well to any challenge life may throw at you — be it failure, rejection, health issues or natural disasters. No matter the challenge, when we have grit, we will approach our problems with resiliency in order to survive and then thrive. Grit is when we think in terms of challenges being great learning opportunities.This is actually the big trick — developing the capacity to be strengthened and improved by adversity.

3. Instinct and Invention

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.” — Theodore Roosevelt

As we already said, we live in a fast-paced world that sometimes can be hard to keep up with. In order to stay on top, we need to master skill after skill and be sure we are trying our best to know what is the right approach to take in our field of business. Holding on to our dreams is important, but so is knowing when to stop and turn the page. Inventing and reinventing ourselves is therefore essential, but careful with pursuing the wrong goals or chasing after a dream in ways that are not effective. Being open to inventing and reinventing who we are from a business perspective only works to our advantage if our instinct is also good.

So every once in awhile, you should ask yourself at least three questions: “Is this still the right goal? Is my current plan the best way to get there? If not, how can I refine and improve my approach in order to increase my chances of success?”

4. Tenacity

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” — Gandhi

They say the one who fails is the one who gives up. And they are right. When we talk about grit, we often think of persistent, tireless effort. But tenacity in its pure, golden form is even more than that. It is going beyond that and looking for the answer through the darkness of despair, if that’s what it takes. Success should be driven by a high purpose, by the plentifulness of a life-changing idea, in the name of which we are able to rise again and again in order to achieve our goals. And the means by which we pursue that purpose should be the right, honest, clean ones. So that, at the end of the road, you will not feel the burden of the heavy wrong-going, but the ease of the feather-light fair-play. This is what makes the difference.

Make sure that the world sees what you have made

All in all, grit turns out to be an absolute must for successful entrepreneurs. In philosophy they say if you want to judge the importance of something, you should remove it and see how it feels without it. So if you still have doubts about the importance of grit, take a moment to make the following exercise: imagine the gritless entrepreneur. How does he look like? Is he maybe just a dreamer without much prospects for success? Most probably that is the scenario. As opposed to the business man who knows and nurtures grit in all its aspects and to whom success is not rare or uncommon.

TRISOFT advice:

Use and develop your knowledge and your creative skills to make beautiful and meaningful things.

Use and develop your grit to make sure that the world sees and recognize what you have made.

Use your energy to make the kind, useful, smart difference.

And, without a doubt, the world will appreciate you for it!