#40: Sustaining TRUE GRIT, Not Just Passion, Makes a Business.

Screen Shot 2014-06-28 at 2.16.40 AMAuthor, philosopher and teacher Joseph Campbell said, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” So what happens when you get to the other side of the doors?

Developing your “state of being” (your deliberate awareness of your senses),  just as you developed your business plan, will lead you down the path of success—persevere and commit to you goal.

So many people have said to me, “you are so passionate about your business” and “your passion will drive you to be successful.” Yes, I am a passionate being, but passion is not the only part of what it takes to make a business successful, its grit that will get me there.

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Dr. Angela Duckworth, and her research team at the University of Pennsylvania, have performed an incredible service by giving us this succinct–and profoundly useful–definition. True grit is “perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Grit is courage, not just in the moment but sustained over time, in the ongoing pursuit of challenging objectives. And, according to research, it outperforms both talent and intelligence in activities as diverse and graduating from military school and competing in the National Spelling Bee.

Very interesting, the home page of  The Duckworth Lab reads:

The Duckworth Lab focuses on two traits that predict success in life: grit and self-control. Grit is the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals. Self-control is the voluntary regulation of behavioral, emotional, and attentional impulses in the presence of momentarily gratifying temptations or diversions. On average, individuals who are gritty are more self-controlled, but the correlation between these two traits is not perfect: some individuals are paragons of grit but not self-control, and some exceptionally well-regulated individuals are not especially gritty. While we haven’t fully worked out how these two traits are related, it seems that an important distinction has to do with timescale: As Galton (1892) suggested, the inclination to pursue especially challenging aims over months, years, and even decades is distinct from the capacity to resist “the hourly temptations,” pursuits which bring momentary pleasure but are immediately regretted….

 Get “gritty!” and get business going!!

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Note: This Blog is a chronological diary of a start-up-company—The JNP Project’s Journey—reading it from the start, will broaden your understanding of the path we are on, together, and hopefully, positively influence you in some way!

FYI Tip: “Your bliss” may not be the path for your business success…but your perseverance to “your” business goals are more likely to get you there.

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