Thursday, April 28

Grit. A passion and perseverance for long-terms goals. Some people have it and some don’t.

What we do know is that grit is a common character trait among the most successful people out there – students, soldiers, sales reps, athletes and more.

I listened to this podcast recently from NPR’s Hidden Brain about grit and what it means, and how it’s not necessarily the best trait at all times.

Angela Duckworth, the author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance says, “The thing that was revelatory to me was not that effort matters—everybody knows that effort matters. What was revelatory to me was how much it matters.”

Gritty people pursue something with passion and purpose. They don’t let small or big bumps in the road stop them from reaching their end goal.

“Gritty people wake up thinking about the same questions they go to bed thinking about. Rather than being “discovered” through angst-ridden introspection, psychologists believe interests are developed and deepened over time through continuing engagement with a pursuit.”

So many of us chalk up other’s success to talent or luck, but we often discount the hard work that the person put in to get to the end point. It’s easy to look at someone more successful than you and say, “he is just more talented,” rather than attempting to put in the same amount of work day in and day out over years.

But there is a flip side to grit. It’s the same trait, but we call it stubbornness when the outcome is negative.

There’s really no way to separate the two, and there’s no way to tell if your being gritty or stubborn until you know the outcome. And as much as a stubborn person can be annoying, I think grit is something we’d all like a little more of.

If you have goals in the gym, do you have that passion and unwavering desire to get there? Or do you give up after a few weeks or months or years? It’s hard to keep going after multiple failures, but successful people do.

Listen to the full podcast if you have time. And let’s all get a little more gritty in our pursuit of excellence.

Workout for Thursday, April 28
Tempo Front Squat (2 sec down, 2 sec hold, Up)
3X3 @ 70% to 75%

Front Squat (Regular Tempo)
3X5 @ 80%

7 Rounds, 2 min Each Round
Row 15 Cal
5 Squat Cleans (135/95)
*Rest Remainder of Round*