Grit and mindset change

Dr Nico de Klerk, CEO of StreetBiz Foundation, during the Long Walk Project on 30 October 2018 in Barrydale, Western Cape, South Africa:

“In Barrydale they have a great project running, called “Net vir Pret” (“Just for Fun”) and I was invited to meet the Board, including a lady from Oxford, England present. The meeting ended with three Board members, Donna, Judy from the UK & Peter, contributing to the StreetBiz mission in a short video.”

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In this video, we heard more about the importance of grit (determination) if you want to be a successful entrepreneur. Life as an entrepreneur is hard and filled with challenges, and if you don’t have grit, you won’t get very far.

According to this TED talk video, by Angela Lee Duckworth, grit is “passion and perseverance for very long-term goals”. Listen to the following video and about how good looks, education, IQ … none of these are the best predictors of success. The best way to predict if someone will be successful is to see if they have GRIT.

Ask yourself … do I have grit?

Write down four examples of grit over the past year. How did you persevere despite challenges? How did you find the passion to keep going when things were against you?

  • Or do you expect someone always to come to your rescue?
  • Do you think you’ll get by easily because of your talent, your good looks, your IQ?
  • Do you feel that the world owes you something because of your circumstances?

If you do, you are doomed to fail.

Change this today.

Find that one thing that makes you feel alive – that one thing that you can commit to for the long term. Work hard, and keep your eye on the goal. Show true grit – then you know you’ll succeed.

… and there’s more:

Complete the Grit Scale checklist here to see what Angela’s talking about.



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