Why Grit Alone Doesn’t Determine Success (and What to Do About It)

Grit is one of those ideas that sounds great in theory but it is not always enough. It is the solution for ‘right now’ but there is a reason ‘grit’ is being called out right now. Being able to stick with something is a good character trait but it does not encompass the whole of your existence. You may have lots of grit but still find yourself in a slump when it comes to ‘feeling successful.’

Why Grit Matters

It was never a bad thing to have grit, it seems, until recently. It is all over the news as to why having too much grit can be detrimental to success. Grit actually privileges hard work over judgment, and people with ‘grit’ keep working even when they don’t know why they’re doing it. Doing hard things for the right reasons is never bad, but it can be good to challenge the status quo as to why grit matters so much in our culture. To show grit in the face of adversity makes sense if the obstacles are legitimate (like addiction) but telling people to do things because they’re supposed to, that’s just how it is, doesn’t really allow for freedom of thought and mobility. It is more dictatorial.

Finding Solutions

We don’t need to throw out grit with the bathwater, so to speak. It seems that on the quest to predict what makes people successful in life, grit is the main determining factor. In reality, it undersells the way people are so diverse in how they experience life and perceive the things that happen to them. Well rounded people are more likely to see grit as part of their toolbox of growth and opportunity making as opposed to gritting through everything by the skin of their teeth. Solutions to forging your way from grit to personal growth can look like:

  • Building persistence
  • Building a growth mindset
  • Focusing less on outcomes and achievement and more on character
  • Finding a balance between grit and harmony

The truth is, everyone needs a little bit of grit to get through life. Life is hard and takes a ton of work to push past personal challenges. When you have grit, you can get through anything in life. But you also need strong character, a strong spirit and resiliency to get through what you want. You can do anything you set your mind do, and with the help of others, keep pushing forward with a little bit of grit and a lot of support.

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