How to Multiply the Power of Grit Before You Crash and Burn

I’d rather work with persistent leaders than quitters. But grit crashes and burns if it can’t change direction.

Persistence in a bad thing multiplies disappointment.

What if it’s better to quit?

Angela Duckworth says grit is more important than brains and twice as important as talent. But what if persistence limits your potential?

Two ways to multiply the power of grit:

#1. Multiply the power of grit by exploring options.

Sincerity isn’t a solution for stupidity.

The problem with grit is reluctance to admit something isn’t working.

Hardheaded grit crashes and burns.

Closeminded grit blames others for disappointment.

#2. Multiply the power of grit by acting boldly.

The problem with grit is fear of failure.

The difference between grit and boldness is the willingness to try something new.

Grit persists because trying something new feels like failure.

Persistence is great at responding, but not at taking initiative.

Persistence plods forward waiting for a breakthrough or opportunity.

I’ve seen plodders hope for opportunities and complain when they didn’t get them. Did they speak up? No. They plodded forward hoping someone would notice and give them an opportunity.

Questions that multiply the power of grit:

#1. What’s the boldest thing you can do?

I recently asked a super-gritty leader, “What’s the boldest thing you can do?” His eyes went to the ceiling. (A sign of brain activity.) At that moment, we both realized that persistence and boldness are different things.

Boldness explores new options. Persistence stays the course.

Boldness speaks up. Persistence presses forward.

#2. What’s not working?

Persistence says, “Shut up and keep working.”

Persistence can’t imagine it’s working at something that isn’t working.

Distinguish the difference between long-term goals and daily practices. What are you doing – on a daily basis – that isn’t working?

When has persistence not served you well?

How might leaders multiply the power of grit?