Everyone’s on a journey to strive for a successful life. Angela Duckworth, famous for her research on Grit, has talked about grit as a key factor in determining success. Her definition of grit is passion and perseverance and in her research, she has found that the people who are gritty are those who are most passionate about the work they do. Simply put, your passion drives perseverance, which we commonly hear from leaders like Jeff Bezo and Steve Jobs talk about. Find something you’re passionate about so you can overcome the extreme difficulties involved in your journey to become a successful entrepreneur.
Having taken in Angela’s findings and advice, whether it’s from her TED Talk, book or Udemy class, I begin to reflect back on my own paths. Unlike the individuals she talks about, I have a lot of trouble with sustained passion. My fire always go off as soon as I meet the low level goals that I set for myself. This ongoing observation has turned me to believe that not everyone will have a clear, sustained passion for something. Perhaps, for people like me, the spark of passions are like stepping stones we should follow in order for us to live out who we are. Since I can’t control the emotions and fire I have for a particular topic, measuring grit base on how long I can hold on to one passion doesn’t feel right. In particular, if unsustained passion suppose to make you less gritty, then how do I explain the efforts I’ve put in to graduate with honors and excel in the jobs I’ve held over 10 years of my corporate career.
Instead of being caught up on passion and perseverance, I decided to rework the formula and focus on the intrinsic success as a goal.