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I watched a remake of an old John Wayne movie, True Grit.  It got me thinking about the importance of grit, albeit in a slightly different way than in the “Old West”, more in relation to today’s business world.

I don’t know an entrepreneur who doesn’t have grit.

I don’t know a successful leader who doesn’t have grit.

I don’t know a successful salesperson or any succesful professional, who doesn’t have grit.

You need grit to deal with failure, challenges, set backs, uncomfortable situations, tough negotiations, tough bosses, tough clients … and all of the realities of life .

I have often said that life is not meant to be easy… no matter how much we wish it were, the reality is “It is tough out there!”, and you need grit to survive, let alone thrive.  As a consequence, it is battling through the tough situations that provides us with opportunities for growth.

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” 

Colin Powell

In the movie, Rooster Cogburn was willing to take on all-comers and overcome whatever hardships necessary, in order to catch his quarry.

In real life we need to overcome many hurdles and challenges to achieve any measure of success.  Typically the bigger the goal, the bigger the challenges.  it will most certainly not always be plain sailing.

Yet it is within all of us to reach our goals, IF we are willing “do what it takes”, and battle through those challenges and tough times before we reach that goal.

GRIT is not a trendy thing to talk about, yet it is needed if we are to be successful.

“Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun.  You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off.”  

Mary Lou Retton

We live in an ultra competitive global market, and it is the people willing to sacrifice, do what it takes, overcome adversity and beat out competition who build businesses, create jobs and drive the economy forward.

Every successful organisation needs grit from its employees in order to reach ambitious goals.  This can mean government organisations and non-profit organisations as well as companies.

So … even if GRIT is not trendy,  if you want to achieve any level of success in your life then you should work on developing yours!

Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)

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