On your way to work, you may listen to your favorite artist or radio show host. You might read a book by your most liked author, or watch a movie that has your best-loved actress in it. To some fans, it seems like celebrities are an overnight success, but that’s far from the truth. In order for them to get where they are, they had to be consistent, motivated, and most importantly they had to have grit!
I recently watched The Real and Ava DuVernay was a guest on the show. She is a successful film director and created the hit show Queen Sugar. She also directed a movie that was recently released called A Wrinkle in Time, she is one of the most talked directors of 2018. As I was listening to her story she stated something that stood out like a sore thumb and that was this: it’s never too late to start something new. She did not pick up a camera until she was in her early thirties. This gave me hope. As adults, we put a time frame on when we should be successful and if we don’t make it by that time we think we are screwed. Thankfully that thought is a total lie.
WE ARE OUR BIGGEST CRITIC! If one thing does not go our way, we panic, or worse we give up. I know I’m guilty of it. I’ve learned this: whatever you are passionate about invest in it. No one will take you seriously if you do not invest in yourself, I mean can you blame them? There are thousands of people who hear the word no on a daily basis, and I don’t just mean celebrities and entertainers. People who work in corporate or government environment hear the word no when they want to offer something different in their career. But it’s the grit that keeps them going.
Nowadays careers are not your typical careers. People are creating jobs online and the Internet gives entrepreneurs a platform to promote themselves on another level. Even with the help of the Internet, the world can be a scary place to step out on faith, however, the opportunity is there. It takes investment and commitment in order to stand out and take advantage of what the Internet platform can give you. It takes long nights of research and networking with people in person and online to get yourself noticed. There are so many groups on social media that can help motivate your passion. But all the groups and support in the world cannot help you if you don’t have grit and the desire to want to dig deeper into your career.
How Do You Find Grit? I’m Glad You Aksed!
Tip 1 Know your passion: in order for you to have grit, you have to know what your desires are. Know your purpose in life. This is something that may not come to you by nature, and it may take some self-searching. If you do not know what you are passionate about, take a moment and think about what you like to do. Now go a little further and write down all of your interest. Think about what you would do without getting paid for it. Something that you think about nonstop and it can be something that comes to your mind at different stages of your life. When I was in grade school I wrote stories about princesses, at that age, I didn’t realize I was into writing I just thought it helped me with my boredom. When I got to high school I wrote poems and that helped me deal with challenges I encountered during my adolescent years. Writing approached me again during my senior year of college. It wasn’t until then when I realized writing was my passion and something I needed to invest my time and effort in.
So whatever it is, this could be the sign of your passion. DO NOT stress out if you can’t figure it out immediately. Your passion will also lead you to other ventures you may want to accomplish in life.
Tip 2 Find a support group: you are the company you keep. If you are around people who are not motivated, not passionate or do not have a desire in anything in life…then you are looking at yourself. It’s important to have people who have the same drive as you and it wouldn’t hurt to be around people who are more driven. The conversations are different, ideas become reality, and the support helps build confidence. When you have a support system in your corner, they can help you when you become stuck. A good support team will also guide you in the right direction and let you know what’s worked for them. Sign up for a group on Facebook and engross yourself in conversations. You will be happy you did!
Tip 3 Patience/Time: all good things come with time. Needless to say, it’s not common to become an overnight superstar although some people have been thanks to social media. Commit your time to focus on your passion, learn about the business that you want to create, and be prepared to get your hands dirty. Spending time might mean countless nights of researching online, purchasing a webinar, attend a conference, and get involved in the community of which your passion is in. Jump in with your eyes wide open and be prepared to stay in it for the long hall.
Meet people and most importantly have fun. Your grit will grow as long as you stay committed. The more you devote your time, the more you will learn about different things which will lead to an exciting venture.
Some people procrastinate on their dreams because they don’t know where to start. They will say things like I want to wait until my kids are in school, or it’s just not the right time…I need to save more money. The question is when is the right time? The answer is there is no right time. And that’s the difference between people who are successful. They do not allow obstacles to get in their way. Their grit allows them to continue and they see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am thankful for people who have grit because they motivate me to continue to strive in my passion.
Side Note: If you are having a hard time finding your grit and you find yourself being down about it, take a moment and watch a documentary. They are so inspiring. People will tell you their life story, where they came from, and the downfalls they faced before they reached success. It’s powerful and I assure you it will get you moving in the right direction.
Community Convo: What are you passionate about? Do you think you have grit? If so, what do you do to motivate yourself?