Most successful people failed before they succeeded

The power of passion and perseverance By Angela Duckworth Summarised

Grit is a key factor for success in life. Grit is a mindset of not cheap moncler jackets giving up. It gives us the staying power to push on through the trials and tribulations moncler sale outlet and remain dedicated to the cause (that eventually leads to mastery and success).

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cheap moncler coats The driving engine of grit comes from having a compelling purpose that is deeply important for us (and in many ways defines us). It is further enhanced if what we are doing is also of value to other people. buy moncler jackets This helps galvanise and focus our efforts on the end goal without being distracted by the inevitable upsets and failures along the way. cheap moncler coats

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moncler outlet store At Westpoint (The US Military Academy) 14,000 students apply. Only 1200 people meet the rigorous moncler outlet academic, physical and psychological standards to be admitted. Yet 20% of them will drop out before graduation. a ‘never give up’ mentality). Grit is a key factor behind many successful people (in business, arts and sport). Grit is the mental toughness to keep on pushing through the tedium, the tough times and the failures. Most successful people failed before they succeeded. It was their tenacity and determination to not give up that led to their eventual success. moncler outlet store

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To calculate your score, add your score and divide by 10. The higher the score the higher your grit. MBA, PhD etc) and grit.

Talent is over rated. Everyone has some predisposition to be good at something. But it takes hard work to turn raw talent into achievement. Many people with talent have failed to capitalise on their innate abilities.

Harvard Psychologists William James asserts, “Compared moncler outlet store to where we ought to be, moncler outlet online we are only half awakeWe are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resourcesthe human individual lives usually far within his limits”

moncler factory outlet Conversely, many people with limited ability have developed talent by putting in the hard yards. Grit defines ‘staying power’. It’s about perseverance to a cause. So whilst it is not necessarily a guarantee of success, we know (to quote Woody Allen) “80% of success is just showing up”. moncler factory outlet

Darwin was a ‘plodder’ rather than being an intellect. But it was his love of his subject that kept him engaged longer than others.

cheap moncler jackets sale The problem is we cheap moncler coats live in a culture that rewards ‘natural talent’ (especially intelligence) versus the hard worker. Our TV shows and sport stadiums celebrate innate, raw talent. Organizations likewise have focused on hiring the brightest (often from the best universities) and culling aggressively the less talented (‘up’ or ‘out’). cheap moncler jackets sale

moncler sale outlet The trouble with focusing just on talent is that it rewards the 1% and dis incentivises the 99%. Research suggests constant effort dedicated to one area is more influential on success than our genes. moncler sale outlet

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Nietzsche once wrote, “Great things are accomplished by those people whose thinking is active in one direction”. There is not enough time to do everything we want to do. If we want to excel, we need to focus (and thus let go/de prioritise other things).

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moncler outlet sale Dedicated focus: Warren MacKenzie is a celebrated potter. When younger he experimented with many different art forms until eventually he fell in love with ceramics. His passion for pottery meant he was happier to give up the other art forms and dedicate his time to perfecting the art of pottery. He knew success would not be found in dabbling but having a searing focus on one thing. He said, “The first 10,000 pots were difficult, and then it got a lot easier”. moncler outlet sale

Duckworth came up with a simple model:

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Hard work: Will Smith, the Oscar winning actor once said, “I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is a moncler sale ridiculous, sickening work ethicThe only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is: I’m not afraid to die on the treadmill. I will not be outworked. You might cheap moncler be smarter than me. You might be sexier than meBut if we get on that treadmill together there’s two things: You’re getting off first or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple.”

Kaizen is the Japanese for CANI Constant and Never Ending Improvement. It’s a continuous drive to cheap moncler outlet progress (and not become complacent).

People who practice more, generally do better in things. But it all depends on the quality of practice. Some people have 20 years of experience whilst others have one year of experience repeated 20 times. Thus practice is much deeper than just the hours spent it’s more about the quality of those hours. The key seems to be deliberate practice.

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Deliberate practice takes a lot of effort. It’s easy not to push ourselves, but that’s not how a muscle is built. It takes straining (not just training) to build the skills to perform at the highest levels. As one coach said Moncler Outlet, “They need to learn to love the burn”.

Quantity of quality: Rowdy Gaines, the three times Olympic gold medal swimmer swam ‘around the world’ in practice for a 49 second race! The reality is the people who also swam in that final had also swam a similar distance. It was won in the quality of those miles, not the quantity.

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