The Importance of ‘Grit’

The following is a guest post coming from a fellow #PTMastermind and one of my classmates. Check out what he has to say about the book Grit by Angela Duckworth.

I bought the Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance audiobook due to recommendations from several of my colleagues, and let me tell you, there’s some golden insight in those pages! Especially chapter 4 (audiobook ch. 5), where Angela walks you through a way to list out your priorities in a hierarchy and identify your main overarching goal(s) in your life/career to use as your “compass.”

This resulted in tons of self-reflection:

I knew going into PT school that I didn’t have good reasons for my being there. As time has gone on, I’ve found important-to-me reasons and clung to them, using them to drive me. Without those reasons (vital to be able to easily recall/reflect on them when the going gets tough), I could have easily quit or started half-assing everything. I’ve not questioned myself enough on these reasons, values, and the best goals for me. When the going gets especially tough, I’m easily distracted and look to other hobbies/concerns to ease my fatigue.

This book has helped me see how my lack of clear, strategic goals/plans is keeping me from doing better and going farther with greater ease and vigor, with more persistence (i.e. grit). Angela also points out that what you choose not to do may be just as or even more important than what you choose to do. I literally averted my course from the gun range the other day after reflecting on my goals and to-do list towards those goals: I quickly went from “gun range = happy break time” to “gun range = extremely uncomfortable getting-in-the-way-of-very-important-stuff time.” Suddenly being productive would put me at ease because I had stepped back and looked at where I wanted to be a week, 2 weeks, a year from now. With clearer goals, the choice of work was effortless, I actually sought it out.

This book also helped me realize just how silently destructive my aimless tendencies can actually be. If you have any threads in yourself like these, I highly recommend checking this book out. It is an exceedingly important subject area that gets far too little attention considering how much relentless drive and enjoyment it stands to reward you with!

If you haven’t picked up a copy, I highly encourage you to do so! Thanks for reading!

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