Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
That’s the title of Angela Duckworth’s superbly-crafted New York Times bestseller.
I’ve been devouring it.
Strange for me, as I generally eschew psychologists and their pompous psycho-babble.
But she’s a horse of another hue…
…and while we’re on the subject of animals, she’s also got the tiger by the tail.
There truthfully are so many wonderful golden nuggets in this book, all relevant to helping you build your home-based Network Marketing business, that’s it’s growing increasingly difficult to keep tabs on all of them. I’ve been forced to deploy multiple Post-It notes.
I chanced across a doozy the other day in Chapter 9, wherein the author discusses the role which hope plays in the minds of “paragons of grit” (to borrow one of her favorite phrases).
She references an esteemed colleague, a clinical psychologist by the name of Marty Seligman, and a study he developed together with some of his students.
(Duckworth doesn’t mention which year this study was conducted.)
The focus of this study was to distinguish optimists from pessimists.
Here is the initial scenario which was posed to test subjects:
“Imagine: You can’t get all the work done that others expect of you. Now imagine one major cause for this event. What leaps to mind?”
So right here, right now, I’d like you to stop reading this blog post & write down what “leaps to mind”?
(I took this test myself & will reveal my answer in a moment.)
The author continues:
After you read that hypothetical scenario, you write down your response, and then, after you’re offered more scenarios, your responses are rated for how temporary (versus permanent) and how specific (versus pervasive) they are.
If you’re a pessimist, you might say, I screw up everything. Or: I’m a loser. These explanations are all permanent; there’s not much you can do to change them. They’re also pervasive; they’re likely to influence lots of life situations, not just your job performance. Permanent and pervasive explanations for adversity turn minor complications into major catastrophes. They make it seem logical to give up. If, on the other hand, you’re an optimist, you might say, I mismanaged my time. Or: I didn’t work efficiently because of distractions. These explanations are all temporary and specific; their “fixability” motivates you to start clearing them away as problems.
So what leapt to mind?
I didn’t overthink this exercise and jotted down the first thought that popped into my head.
In the margin of the book, I marked the date (7 February ’19) and the following words:
“I was sick.”
What a relief to discover that I’m an optimist!
If your answer demonstrated otherwise, fret not.
A few pages later, Duckworth provides the following words of consolation:
“As with any other skill, we can practice interpreting what happens to us and responding as an optimist would.”
So the rub lies in how events are interpreted.
It’s terrific book & I highly recommend you pick up a copy…
…and, by all means, share it with your downline!
Yours in success,