What Is “Grit” And How Can It Help Improve Your Business?
iPerform are fans of scientist Angela Lee Duckworth’s ideas about “Grit,” the perseverance and resilience to succeed at a task over the long term maximising the talent at your disposal and utilising “Deliberate Practice.” Practice is a key cornerstone of the iPerform programme and that’s why over the next few weeks we will talk in greater depth about Duckworth’s research into “Grit” and how it can be learned, developed and utilised for performance improvement.
We will underline a few key points about what “Grit” really means:
1) GIVING YOURSELF TIME TO LEARN AND EXCEL
One of reasons Duckworth ended up as an education research scientist was because she finally learned that by moving from job to job every few years, she was not staying anywhere long enough to learn and to “be good” at a specific job. You can be a maths teacher for a few years but you will not have the same level of understanding that a Masters Maths teacher of 25 years has. They have learned and developed their knowledge over 2 and a half decades, mastering how they teach and help students to learn. It is not necessarily to do with talent but persisting with a vocation and committing to learning new things and improving.
2) UNDERSTANDING WHAT HARD WORK GIVES YOU
As we will see when we look in greater depth at Duckworth’s studies into Grit in later blog posts, those who have Grit understand that resilience plays a greater role in success over the long term than any innate ability or God-given talent. A person who is talented will put in less effort to achieve an A grade, compared with someone who is not as talented. However, a person with more Grit will persist until they get an A grade, and even though they have had to put in more effort, they are more resilient and likely to improve further in the future.
3) BELIEVING THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Somebody who has “Grit” is more likely to want to learn from their mistakes, to learn and improve themselves so they improve their performance in the future. Somebody who is more resilient will be more likely to accept their own failings and weaknesses, and to take criticism on board to improve themselves.