That might sound a bit redundant, or a something of an illogical turn of words, but it seems to fit my last two weeks here. Interruptions in life that were both unplanned and unanticipated. Another way to describe it might be this:
But I survived and now that the not-so-life wrecking events of that past 10 days or so are over it is time to move on and pursue the dream.
Keep on keeping on
Which leads me to a simple thought: “What is the real value of determination in the formula a success?”
I have come to the conclusion – one that many, many before me have also arrived at – that determination is absolutely essential. In fact, one could argue that without it, success is probably not going to be realized.
Another word for this is “grit”.
A gritty view of success
Angela Lee Duckworth, associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has studied the implications of determined tenacity – of “grit” – in the realm of success. She was recently interviewed in strategy+business magazine. Her conclusions apply to sports, education, and business, and her findings are both intuitive and eye-opening.
“In addition to talent,” she says, “those highly successful people had a kind of staying power. They were working not only with intensity, but also with stamina over long periods of time, incrementally chipping away at some goal.”
“That led me to grit.”
Slow and steady really can win the race
Life – and business – can and will throw wrenches into our plans. Passion and enthusiasm will flag. Desire and interest can wane. And, at times, success can seem forever out of reach. But with the right amount of grit – of stamina and a resolute determination to push through no matter what – success is highly likely.