Grit is a trait that we commonly use and require in life, but can it be used to determine whether we are successful or not? Today’s blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” series is going to look at what we mean by ‘grit’, the effects that it has on our life and if we can use it as a measure of how successful or not we are in life!
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Today’s blog is the fifteenth blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” series, which is going to look at our grit and it’s impact on success for people. Grit is commonly mistaken as being the same as resilience, but when we look at them closely, there are some clear differences which distinguish the two.
We talked a lot about Resilience in last weeks blog, defining it as the ability to get back up again after being knocked down, and while there are some similarities to resilience and the definition of grit, which we will look at in just a little bit, they are not the same thing. They are terms which heavy relate to each other but when we look at if we can use them as a measure or not for success, we have to look at them separately, wouldn’t you agree?
Grit is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as ” courage and resolve” and can be used as a good test of one’s “strength of character.” At its core your grit is your ability to stick at something until it is finished. So to put it into perspective, if you had a really difficult project that you were working on, your grit would be the trait you have that helps you stick with it from start to finish.
Resilience links in here as if you face many setbacks for a piece of work, then you need to get back up and try again, but they are different terms. The question here rises, how do we measure one’s success simply using their grit?
Would it be as simple as saying you have more grit than somebody else, so that means you are more successful than them? How would we even compare people’s grit? Do we look at their life and all of the things they have done, compare that to somebody else, then use that as a determiner of success? Would that be a ‘fair’ thing to do? If not, what else could we do?
Do we take a look at the different types of grit, plus whatever else is going on in somebody’s life? People may have more grit in work, compared to what they have at home, or vice versa for that matter, is that taken into our consideration? What about all of the other things going on in their life?
If somebody is super busy or stressed, than is it fair to use that as their grit capacity? Is it not a fair thing to do? What about their job satisfaction/interests? If they love their job and the work that they are doing, then they would usually have more grit to get the projects that they are doing finished, wouldn’t they?
If we are looking at one’s grit, do we look at the complexity/duration of a project as well? If somebody is working on a smaller project compared to someone working on a very big project, then does that play a part in our decision? If somebody has a shorter project, then could it be argued that they would have more grit for that piece of work as it can be finished much faster than the bigger project?
From the first few parts of this blog, we can see that it is a much bigger topic than it would appear as at first. When we look at grit, there are so many contributing factors, that it can actually be hard to ever see how one would be able to compare their grit against another, in any fair or balanced manner.
Are we going to take life experience into account? If somebody has gone through a lot of different things in life, then firstly they would be more resilient, but wouldn’t they also have more grit? When we get knocked down in life and have to show resilience to get back up again, it usually does increase our strength of character, which is what our grit is, definition-wise.
So, back to the question at hand, can we use our grit as a determiner of whether or not we are successful in life? Well, the answer itself is a matter of opinion, I do not think that we can, but if you do, that is alright too.
Personally, I do not think that there is a fair way to sue grit as a comparative for people and success, so in my opinion, I would not use it as the sole factor when looking at success. I would use it as a part of a larger group of factors, just not by itself, as I do not believe it to be fair in any way.
As I say in all of the blogs in this series, success is a small word that carries with it a much larger definition. Success means something different to each person, which is why it is such a nice subject to write about. There are no wrong or right answers in this topic, it is more just what your view is and if you can justify why you think the way you do.
That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! What do you think of today’s blog? Do you think we can use our grit as a measure of successfulness? Are you still enjoying the “What do we mean by Success?” series? Are there any other blogs/topics that you would like to see me cover? Let me know your answers to the questions above and your thoughts on today’s blog, either in the comments below or through our Facebook page!
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