Learning Perseverance and Grit

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  1. Neil Mann says:

    Grit and perseverance can take on many characteristics. My dad always recommended that I ‘keep your head down, your nose clean and stay out of management’. Advice that kept him employed and supporting a large family many times.

    His advice has not worked for me. I find that I am much more likely to be successful by doing my best around my primary responsibilities, making sure my successes are recognized, being aware of other needs and my ability to meet those needs. In contrast to my dad’s approach, keep my head up, eyes open and stick my nose into things when I have the opportunity to make a positive difference.

    I have also learned that having goals and a plan to achieve those goals provide the avenue to making grit and perseverance pay off.

  2. Great article! I too am a survivor of the Recession as well as my own personal choices to move across country and switch up industries and functions as the market forced it.

    I’m teaching my step-son who’s going through Junior College to recognize that education is nothing more than a tool. Tools mean nothing to those that aren’t willing to skillfully apply them to the right situations. I’m also teaching him to look at the macro environment much like a race-car driver looks not immediately in front, but at the turn or turns ahead to start mentally setting up and avoid surprises.

    I’m teaching him basic project management as “the art of getting stuff done”. His career action plan started with a likes/dislikes/skills self-assessment and then a WBS with major units being desired markets and industries, education, business network, transferable hobby skills. So far, he’s gone from procrastination (fear-based) to having hope. As a bonus, I’m not having to drag him by the nose-ring so to speak. He’s building his own plan and executing it.

  3. Thanks, George! Great approach with your step-son. It’s something many people take for granted.

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