Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness. – John Ortberg
According to the book Grit to Great, written by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, success depends on the acronym of G.R.I.T..
G : Guts. You must be courageous in facing your challenges. You should not back down upon the first sight of obstacles. Be brave and take the bull by its horn.
R : Resilience. When things get tough, well, you just have to keep on going. Persevere on. One will always fail. Success belongs to those brush it off, learn from it and stand up once again.
I : Initiatives. Be a self-starter. Don’t wait until you are told to do something. Don’t always do the same thing. Be creative. View the problems with a new pair of lens, with a new mindset.
T : Tenacity. You have to be focused. Focus on the problem on hand. Don’t get lost in every and any other happenings around you. Stay focused and get the things done.
How do you apply G.R.I.T. in your life?
Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
One key criteria employers look for in their employee is to be independent.
Someone who is self motivated. Motivated to do tasks that are aligned between the company’s goals and the employee’s career path.
Someone who is a self starter. Instead of waiting passively for instructions, one would look out for things to improve upon. A process is not set in stone. It is not permanent. A process is ever changing – with the rapid development of technology and constant competition.
There are plenty of self starters in my company. And it amazes me every single time. They are able to think through and come out with improvement process.
This is a useful skill. And the best place to learn it is when you are still climbing the career ladder.
Think about it. If you do not harness the skill to think proactively, how do you set the strategy for the company when you are promoted to senior management?
Even if you are not promoted to senior management, being proactive means you are making use of your time wisely. You are not waiting for things to happen. You go all out to make things happen.
And I believe, you won’t dread the Monday blues if you are a self starter.
How do you instill this habits in your working life? Think about it.