Signs You Have the Grit You Need to Succeed

Grit is as difficult to develop as it is important. Learn how to build this skill and give yourself an edge in life.

Grit is that “extra something” that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.

Developing grit is all about habitually doing the things that no one else is willing to do. There are quite a few signs that you have grit, and if you aren’t doing the following on a regular basis, you should be.

1. You have to make mistakes, look like an idiot, and try again, without even flinching.

2. You have to fight when you already feel defeated.

A reporter once asked Muhammad Ali how many sit-ups he does every day. “I don’t count my sit-ups,” he responded. “I only start counting when it starts hurting, when I feel pain, cause that’s when it really matters.”

3. You have to make the calls you’re afraid to make.

Sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do because we know they’re for the best in the long-run: fire someone, cold call a stranger, pull an all-nighter to get the company server back up, or scrap a project and start over.

4. You have to keep your emotions in check.

5. You have to trust your gut.

There’s a fine line between trusting your gut and being impulsive.

6. You have to give more than you get in return.

7. You have to lead when no one else follows.

It’s easy to set a direction and believe in yourself when you have support, but the true test of grit is how well you maintain your resolve when nobody else believes in what you’re doing.

8. You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that exceed expectations.

9. You have to focus on the details even when it makes your mind numb.

10. You have to be kind to people who have been rude to you.

11. You have to be accountable for your actions, no matter what.

People are far more likely to remember how you dealt with a problem than they are how you created it in the first place. By holding yourself accountable, even when making excuses is an option, you show that you care about results more than your image or ego.


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