Grit is the number one factor for success. Not IQ, not emotional intelligence, neither good looks nor physical health. Grit.
“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out,not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” – Angela Lee Duckworth
Lucky for me. I got plenty of it. I’ll hustle my way through anything.
As a Communications Advisor for the government, I had to fight so hard that inner voice telling me I should follow my passion and stop wasting my time (and life) in a cubicle.
Being a civil servant at 23 was definitely not my definition of #joblove. How come the 6th grade “Personality of the year” I was could end up in such a boring position?
Six years later, I’m glad I stuck with it. I took the challenge of focusing all my energy and creative power onto whatever project I was assigned. I made organisational information security sexy, created whole marketing campaigns out of thin air with no budget and brought some magic to an otherwise quite dull environment.
As Yogi Bhajan says, focus on what’s in front of you, pouring all you have into this very thing, and you’ll become a magnet for success.