Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals. It is the ability to persist in something you feel passionate about and persevere when you face obstacles.
Caren Baruch-Feldman, PhD, author of The Grit Guide for Teens says that Grit is kind of passion which is not about intense emotions or infatuation. It’s about having direction and commitment. When you have this kind of passion, you can stay committed to a task that may be difficult or boring. Grit is also about perseverance. To persevere means to stick with it; to continue working hard even after experiencing difficulty or failure.
Grit: The power of passion and perseverance
This short TED talk by psychology professor Angela Duckworth explains the concept of grit and how it helps foster mental toughness in our everyday lives.
Best Books on Grit and Mental Toughness
- Grit by Angela Duckworth
- Git for Kids:… by Lee David Daniels
- The Power of Other: Startling… by Henry Cloud
- Mindset by Carol Dweck
- How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
Few excellent Grit Articles by James Clear, Author of Atomic Habits
- World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov on How to Build Confidence
- How to Fall in Love With Boredom and Unlock Your Mental Toughness
- What I Do When I Feel Like Giving Up
- Bob Mathias on How to Master the Art of Self-Confidence
- 6 Famous Artists Talk About What It’s Like to Overcome Fear and Create Beauty
- Joseph Brodsky Explains Perfectly How to Deal With Critics and Detractors in Your Life
- What I Do When it Feels Like My Work Isn’t Good Enough
- Avoid the Second Mistake