“Grit is more important than IQ as a predictor of success” If you haven’t heard about this, do yourself a favour and go watch the ted talk.
If you persist in practically any endeavour, you will succeed. Unfortunately, most people give up. Either just before they would have started seeing results, or after so short a time that they haven’t even really gotten started. (That’s what I did with my attempt at a habits website).
To succeed in life you need:
- A lot of hard work.
In this context grit is passion and action for long term goals, persistence is not giving up when it gets tough and hard work is just hard work.
If you persist in working on something until it succeeds, you are guaranteed to get substantial results. Results, but not the success. If you tried to do quantum physics without algebra then many lifetimes of work would not be sufficient. Without the necessary tools, environment and strategy many things are impossible. With them, the sky is not the limit. Outer space is.
Being persistent with the wrong strategy is stupid. That is why you need intelligent persistence. Regularly evaluate if your actions are still aligned with your goals. If you can see that even years of persistence will not give the desired result, change your strategy.
You don’t even need a specific clear end goal, a direction is enough (but specific results help a lot). Move towards what you want and away from what you don’t want. Be flexible and try many different approaches to see which work best.
You don’t need good looks, you don’t need more than average IQ. Being lucky helps, but skills give consistent results. Skills can ALL be learned and life is a skill.
To happiness, and beyond!