Last week I heard about the book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance in the context of raising kids. After hearing the person describe the idea, I immediately thought that it’s also applicable to entrepreneurs. In fact, every successful entrepreneur I know has grit.
From the Englewood Review of Books:
Divided into three parts, the book takes an in depth look at grit and why it is essential to success (Part I, a significantly beefed up version of Duckworth’s TED talk), looks at the virtues that converge to foster grit — interest, practice, purpose, hope — (Part II) and concludes with an exploration of how teachers, parents and other can nurture grit “from the outside in” (Part III).
Here’s the author’s TED Talk on Grit:
Finally, here’s the generic definition of grit from Wikipedia:
Grit in psychology is a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual’s passion for a particular long-term goal or end state, coupled with a powerful motivation to achieve their respective objective.
Terms like passion and perseverance have always been in my vocabulary when describing entrepreneurs. Now, I’m adding the word grit as well.
What else? What are some more thoughts on the idea that entrepreneurs have grit?