Grit & Motivation – #StartTuesday | 5-31-16

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“Heroes are never perfect, but they’re brave, they’re authentic, they’re courageous, determined, discreet, and they’ve got grit.”

-Wade Davis

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With Time telling parents “Why It’s Great to Have a Stubborn Child” and Inc. telling parents “Stubborn Kids Are More Likely to Be Successful” based on the finding of a 2015 study, it makes you wonder if the positive aspects of stubbornness would be more appropriately classified as self-motivation or grit.

The finding of this study that followed over 700 kids from age 9 up to the age of 40 were published in Developmental Psychology. It noted their sense of entitlement, studiousness according to teachers, defiance against their parents, and tendency to break the rules as measures of stubbornness.

Looking more deeply into these articles, it would appear that the greatest benefit from being stubborn is that these kids grow up to make more money. Because the study only examines the correlation and not the causality, it is the generally held speculation that stubborn kids grow up to be adults willing to hold out longer for a chance at greater pay when negotiating salaries.

Fatherly on the other hand, wouldn’t want you to forget the possibility that these rule breaking kids could also be growing up to be unscrupulous career criminals.

In a more positive light stubbornness might also be defined as stick–to–itiveness, which is the topic of Angela Duckworth’s book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.

When interviewed by Stephen J. Dubner of the Freakonomics Radio Duckworth described grit as being comprised of 4 components: well developed interest, a capacity to trade novelty for nuance, an ability to engage in deliberate practice, and optimism.

Duckworth was also very adamant that grit is something people develop over time. It isn’t a quality you are simply born with or without.

So how do you develop your grittiness or ability to self-motivate?


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Brendan Alan Barrett

Brendan Alan Barrett is a top sales producer who has generated millions of dollars in revenue. In addition to running his own sales organization in the civil engineering and construction industry, Brendan provides coaching and training to sales teams and business owners. His practice focuses on identifying, prioritizing, and winning the attention of prospects that can be turned into sales quickly. In doing so, Brendan helps his clients to generate revenue and customer testimonials that fuel more scalable and less labor intensive business development efforts for year-over-year growth. As the founder of and host of The Business of Family and Selling podcast Brendan interviews moms, dads, husbands, and wives who work in sales or run their own businesses. Each interview unpacks the very best in strategies and tactics family-first sellers can use to grow their books of business without losing their status as a rock stars at home. While originally from the Chicagoland area, Brendan started his sales and marketing career in Southern California before relocating to Arizona.

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