What is grit and 6 easy steps to develop it

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What is grit? I am not talking about sand, I am talking about your strength to get things done. I am talking about that positive excitement to see things unfold in front of your eyes with the knowledge you are making things happen. What is grit if not a personal trait, something that can be learned and developed? A trait that is about how you approach your passions, obstacles, successes and whatever life throws at you every day.
This article will talk about what is grit and how you can grow it and make it at use for your life as well as you business. We will tell you few things you can do to make it easier to get the strength you need to succeed.
Do you want to know more about what is grit and how you can make it yours?

What is grit (in my mind)?

To me telling what is grit is better done by examples.
Grit is when you go the extra mile, when you write another blog post even if you are tired, when you look at the things around you and know you can do better… and you do. What is grit? It the love for what you do, that love that does not make you feel you are working, but it makes you feel you are playing (and who wants to stop playing?).
What is grit? It is finishing the race, even when you can’t feel your legs any longer. It is standing up after a fall. After every fall.
Muhammad Ali once said “I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting.

What is grit in relation to your business?

If your business has never been brought to its knees at least once, you are not telling all the truth. Those tight corners you took too fast, those decision you took wrong. We have all been there, or you will be there sooner or later. Watching a big investment going to the dogs, lowering your chin and feeling that irresistible need to quit is normal. 8 business out of 10 fail in the first 18 months of life. What makes the difference, what makes your business in those remaining 20% is your perseverance, your ability to roll your sleeves, clench your teeth and move forward, against all odds.
What is grit in business? It is looking at the end goal, it is working around every hiccup, every mistake as part of the path and not as the end of your dreams.

You can do it!

I have always said that if we could make it, everyone could. We opened our business just after having a baby, when all odds were against us, in a country which was not ours, using a language with was not our mother tongue, not knowing anything about business as we know now, in a very unripe market. Yet we made it. Yet we are still here to talk to you, to tell you that it takes courage to step forward, but it takes grit to raise your chin and do it.
Roberto Benigni said “Start a new path is frightening, but after every step we realise how dangerous remaining still was“.
You can make it.
What is grit? It is a trait you can learn, something you can develop.

6 steps to grow your resilience and grit

  1. Do what you love. If being an entrepreneur is not fun, if it does not give you shivers, today is the best time to stop and look for something you truly desire. If being a professional photographer dried your passion for taking photographs, get a job and enjoy the good part of being a photographer in your free time. If you don’t do what you are really passionate about, then you will never be able to develop the grit you need.
  2. Get a grip! In being an entrepreneur, you will face bad days. Be courageous! Stop over thinking, stop considering details that are too insignificant before jumping.
  3. Get Organised! what is grit without a long-term goal? Nothing! What is grit without knowing what to do day by day? Nothing. You need to know where you want to be, and then you have to split that main goal in things you can actually count and do. When I started, I knew where I wanted to be, but I had no idea how to get there. Make plans and move forward.
  4. Sleeping is not essential… There are days in which the pile of tasks will look insormountable. Nonetheless you need to get things done, even when it is late, even when it is painful and you run away from one of the tasks. Remember that Rome was not built in a day!
  5. Smile! If you are positive, nothing will look as gloomy, difficult, long or impossible as it would if you are miserable. Some things will go to the dogs, but it does not mean that you should focus on those. Things going pear-shaped is part of the game, and I like to focus on how things can get back being awesome after every fall!
  6. Forget about perfection I live by the “Pareto Principle” and I am not after perfection. I think that the more you will need to be perfect, the easier you will find to be blocked by small details. Let go of the need to be perfect, and embrace the amazing feeling of getting things done!

What is grit if not the beautiful resilience to succeed? In business as in everyday life, developing this traits will give you a huge advantage, and things you may see as “impossible” today, will be marked as “done” in your list tomorrow.

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