Profiles in Grit

Profiles in Grit #1: What is 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

Angela describes grit and self-control as the keys to success. How gritty are you? Find out where you lie on the Duckworth Lab’s 12-item grit scale.

If you are a perfectionist, your grit score was probably around three on of the five-point scale. As a perfectionist, you are inherently a hard worker, but you have difficulty commiting to long term goals that don’t have immediate feedback. Your goals change constantly because you do not have enough hours in the day to accommodate your tendency to overcommit. You overreact to set backs, and rarely finish your tasks because they don’t meet your high standards.

What can you do to overcome your perfectionism to develop more grit?

Over the next few months, The Imperfectionist will be addressing this question together a series called “Profiles in Grit”. Join us as we learn from imperfectionist masters like Angela Duckworth, Seth Godin, Brené Brown and Steven Pressfield on how to develop grit and finally learn how to show up.

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