The idea of Grit as a personal quality has become popular, due to the work of researcher, Angela Lee Duckworth. And especially due to her massively popular TED talk and the book she followed it up with, called ‘Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance’
Angela Lee Duckworth defines Grit as:
‘Perseverance and passion for long term goals.’
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Grit is staying power, or perseverance. It is the stamina to take on a compelling cause and the passion and determination to keep going when others might not.
I hope it is obvious why these are valuable to you, as a Project Manager. I think of these as the ‘pragmatic value’ of Grit. That is, they have value in getting the job done. But there are two other reasons to value Grit highly for us. And these are what I refer to as the transformational value of grit. The
As you will appreciate, a long-term, successful professional career does not happen overnight. It takes dedication. You need a clear goal, intention, tenacity, and resilience. In other words: Grit.
If you want to reach a point where you are a highly respected (and well-remunerated) professional, get some grit!
The components of grit – and therefore, grit itself – are inspiring qualities. They have an appeal that will lead people to want to follow you. They will inspire:
I wrote a long article about grit – focusing on how to develop it: ‘Grit: Why You Need it and How to Get it’
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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