Grit is an individual’s persistence of passion and devotion over time to achieve a desired outcome. It’s a characteristic that stands out as undeniably critical to be good at anything in this life.
Grit is what enables us to continue applying consistent pressure over a long period of time to achieve our own goals. It’s what separates the people with grit from the masses. Author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field.
These 10,000 hours does not happen when we choose to sleep in, when we let our jobs take over our schedule, our diet ruin our bodies, or when we give in to someone’s opinion that our life isn’t important. It’s not about always going large. It’s about consistency.
Too many people never realize that sacrifice is a requirement of life. You either sacrifice today to reach tomorrow’s goals, or you give up your dreams in favor of the fleeting comfort that’s distracting you. The pleasant reality, for those who choose the former, is that comfort is abundant when long-term goals are achieved.
A high degree of grit enables one to make it fit, to work, to make it happen. No matter what.
Photography is by Paul Petch an Auckland City based commercial photographer, art director and producer. Runner is Matt Rayment.