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It Takes Grit to Succeed
We have an editorial calendar and I will admit that there are thoughts and ideas plotted out a month or so in advance. We try to keep to that editorial calendar but sometimes life happens. So, thank you, for hanging in with us on the weeks when posting becomes a challenge. Sheska and I both appreciate your comments and even if you don't comment it is nice to know that you are there.I mentioned our editorial calendar because my Friday posts are pretty loosey goosey and I like that it gives me the freedom to talk about anything, as long as there is a corollary to art and inspiration, but sometimes it is overwhelming because anything is a mighty large topic. Yet, often inspiration strikes and sometimes in unexpected ways.
I was listening to a Ted talk by Angela Lee Duckworth entitled, "The Key to Success? Grit". What she was saying rang true because some people come through difficult situations and succeed and some just crumble. I'll admit that I've got grit. I've been through a lot in life and yet, I keep dreaming, learning, moving forward and sometimes I feel like I stare life in the face and say 'bring it'.
When she stated, "Grit is sticking with your future — day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years — and working really hard to make that future a reality" a big flashing strobe light went off in my brain.
That comment made me realize that quitting Meandering Design is simply not an option. This may sound odd, but until that moment I had never thought about giving up because it was not an option. I think Duckworth is right — Grit is what carries you through. Succeeding is learning from your mistakes, networking, finding mentors, building your business brick by, sometimes, bloody brick, but there is also that certain je ne sais quoi that she has so rightly identified as grit.
Originally Published 5/22/13