It is a widely-held belief that success is based on factors such as intelligence or talent; that those who have the highest brain power or giftedness in an area are the most likely to succeed.
It would seem that the spoils go to the smartest, the most trained, and the most connected.
This simply isn’t so!
Psychologists have discovered that there is an element that almost always works in tandem with wit and ability when measuring success- grit.
You might call it stick-to-it-ness, moxie, determination, courage, guts, perseverance, fortitude, spunk, tenacity, or pluck.
Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth has studied the idea of grit and has come to believe that despite any outward advantages someone may have when pursuing their goals, often times the deciding factor is grit over mental or natural ability.
Her work indicates that there are greater forces at play in people who rise and achieve at greater levels.
What is grit?
Grit is the passion and perseverance for long term goals.
Grit is the use of stamina and sticking to the job until the outcome is realized.
Grit is seeing the issues at hand and utilizing resources to stay the fight over extended periods of time, much like running a marathon. Or being a musician.
Why does grit matter?
As the world becomes faster, more competitive, and sometimes more hostile, you must stay focused and able to adapt quickly.
Developing grit as a character trait elevates your coping skills, increases your self-awareness, and gives you the edge that you need to achieve in all areas of life including family, health, and career.
The best example of modern-day grit is the reality show Survivor.
This show pits capable men and women against one another in hostile and depriving environments.
Contestants are vying to outwit, outplay, and outlast each other for a cash prize.
Their physical and mental abilities are an asset but the spoils go to the contestants who have grit and the ability to withstand the physical and mental abuses the longest.
Grit isn’t something most people talk about when it comes to success because it feels intangible and as though there is no formula to follow to get grittier; however, there are simple actions that you can take to increase your management of greater levels of stress, increase stamina, and outlast any issue that develops in your life.
Grit isn’t just for adults. Kids need to develop grit to remain happy and resilient as they progress through school and their music training.
Keep in mind, developing grit isn’t easy, but it also isn’t impossible. Grit is important for all musicians as our skills aren’t learned overnight.
Adding an extra skill set to your tool chest is a great way to increase your personal growth and personal satisfaction in all areas of your life.
After you develop a grittier perspective you will move through life with an ease that others envy.
Here’s a few books we love about Grit.