I'm not a sports fan. However, I've been mesmerized at how the Cleveland Cavaliers were down 3 to 1, in the NBA Championship 2016 and Lebron James, in large part, brought them back to WIN the Championship - a feat never done before. A major play in this comeback was the perseverance and grit of the players.
Of course, grit is not just in sports. We see it in business - the journey Tesla is in, in our armed forces as portrayed by "Lone Survivor," and other examples.
Of course, how entrepreneurs and small business owners are able to thrive and succeed in business, every day, is a constant story of grit.
Angela Duckworth's book, "Grit, The Power of Passion and Perseverance" is an amazing story, explanation, and inspiration on what grit is and why it's so important.
It's a book that encapsulates my attitude of life and the essence of the only way to have a successful business. You must have the PASSION (the love and joy) for what you're doing and you MUST be able to preserve through the difficulties and challenges that will come.
In her book, Angela addresses several important concepts:
While talent is important, Angela explains that the top performers in any field, including the National Spelling Bee, are relentless in the TIME they spend practicing and getting better and better at what they do.
Having a mentor or teacher that can take raw talent and perseverance, and turn it into something refined is important. This is why organizations such as SCORE, a free counseling organization for small business owners, are important for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Love What You Do
Those who LOVE what they do and have a passion for it, don't feel like they're working at all. Those are the people who are excited to work and have fun every day.
It's important to have a purpose for what you're doing, beyond just "doing it". I think fondly of the story of the two bricklayers. One was merely laying bricks, day after day, in the hot summers and cold winters. But the other, he expressed how he was building a cathedral. Two people, doing the same job - but one had a purpose.
These are just a few of the important concepts Angela covers in her book and that is why every entrepreneur should read, "Grit, The Power of Passion and Perseverance."