Grit. This book helped me put some things into perspective and look at a few things differently. One of the things that I really enjoyed was the quiz in the book to see how much “Grit” I actually had. While I thought I was gritty, it is always interesting to see where you land on quizzes like that.
Talent X Effort = Skill
Skill X Effort = Achievement
“Talent is how quickly your skills improve when you invest effort.”
“Achievement is what happens when you take your acquired skills and use them.”
This explanation was helpful for me. So many people think of achievement and success as the high end successes, where you aren’t successful until you are at the top. That isn’t true. You can achieve so many great things as you are on your journey to the top. One of the things that I am guilty of is not sitting back and enjoying the wins or achievements. Make time to do this, no matter how big or small they are!
Something that really hit home for me was the discussion on careers. I have struggled for a while, figuring out which path was for me. I have many things that I am interested in and many different passions. All the interests and passions leave me questioning, which path do I take?
Write down a list of the 25 career goals that you have.
- Do some soul-searching
- Circle the Top 5
- Avoid all other 20 at all costs
This will help you stay focused. More than likely, those top 5 will have some similarities to them. If we are focusing on a small number of things, then we have more energy and time that we can pour into them. In turn, our skill becomes better and we achieve more in those areas.
“Passion for your work is a little bit of discovery, followed by a lot of development, and then a lifetime of deepening.” Not everyday is going to be fun and exciting. Not everyday will you jump for joy at everything that happens. But with grit and passion, you will still love what you do, even on the hard days.
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As always share some love, we can all use a little more love!