"No matter the domain, the highly successful had a kind of ferocious determination that played out in two ways:
- First, these exemplars were unusually resilient and hardworking.
- Second, they knew in a very, very deep way what it was they wanted. They not only had determination, they had direction."
GRIT: It’s the combination of intense passion + intense perseverance toward a long-term goal that matters to you.
"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."
Will Smith says “I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented...Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic...The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is: I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me. You might be all of those things. You got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple.” (https://youtu.be/doqS35FfcUE)
“What I mean by a passion is not just that you have something you care about. What I mean is that you care about the same ultimate goal in an abiding, loyal, steady way. You are not capricious. Each day, you wake up thinking of the questions you fell asleep thinking about. You are, in a sense, pointing in the same direction, ever eager to take even the smallest step forward than to take a step to the side, toward some other destination. At the extreme, one might call your focus obsessive. Most of your actions derive their significance from their allegiance to your ultimate concern, your life philosophy. You have your priorities in order.”
"Gritty people figure out what they are REALLY committed to and then they give themselves to it for YEARS or DECADES or an entire LIFETIME. Their passion is less like fireworks that come intensely and then fade away and more like a COMPASS that guides every moment of their entire lives. They have their ONE Thing that Gary Keller describes..."
"There are four psychological assets we can cultivate to get our grit on:
Interest + Practice + Purpose + Hope."
"Let’s get gritty with our passion. Let’s find the thing that’s worthy of us and give ourselves to it."