The Little Known Trait for Success and Medication for Failure

Thomas Edison was an inventor.

Edison held 1,093 patents to his name. Tinkering, building and creating the things that have transformed into those that we use today. According to Edison, his Light Bulb went through 6,000 test variations before he found the right filament to make it work.

He was a man who, if you asked to find a needle in a haystack, would pick through every straw until he found it.

Joe Rogan in his podcast stated, and I paraphrase, that “very few people will understand what it feels like to overcome hardship, to grit our teeth and persist…because as a species we have become scared and soft.”

This is precisely the reason why the vast majority of people give up.

We fail to maintain our diets. We make excuses to go to the gym. We can’t approach the person we long for. We procrastinate.

We see the obstacle but not the opportunity. We default to the excuses that things are too hard, take too long, move too slow, are too uncomfortable, are too far, cost too much or take too much work.

With this mindset, you’ve already lost the game before you’ve played.

Success is often disguised as hard work. Or as Kevin Hart says, “Everybody wants to be famous, but no one wants to put the work in.”

In a time where everything is instantaneous, we crumble when we have to trudge through the mud and we settle with the mediocre, bland, lesser versions of ourselves. We resort to blaming the system, blaming the programs and blaming others.

But rarely do we blame ourselves.

At Viking Strength Systems we honour strength. But most of all we honour persistence.

In the end it’s not about what the world has given you, it’s what you’ve made out of the things you’ve been given. This is how you measure strength. This is the trait for success and medication for failure.

What is Grit?


In a TedTalk by Angela Lee Duckworth, she underlines the highest correlation of to success is attributed to something called Grit.

Angela conducted a study and asked the question: “Who is successful here, and why?”

From Air Cadets to Spelling Bee Champs. From teachers in the toughest neighbourhoods to private companies and sales people, the number one predictor of success was something called Grit.

Grit is defined as: The passion, perseverance and stamina for long-term goals.

Thus, the combination of these three areas can be used as the rules to success and medication for failure. It highlights the notion that if you want something badly enough, given that you’re passionate, relentless and persistent, you will one day achieve it.

These goals can relate to anything.

Transforming yourself into a talented musician, an award winning bodybuilder, a phenomenal athlete, or overcoming and conquering day-to-day challenges such as school, work, relationships and life.

The phrase, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” rings true.

We all know someone who had so much talent, so much potential, so many resources at their disposal, and they’ve thrown it all away.

The question then is:

How do we teach Grit? How do we learn to become grittier so we can accomplish the things we dream ofand become the leaders of our own lives?

The most probable answer comes from something called the Growth Mindset.


The Growth Mindset


If Grit is the trait for success and medication for failure, then the Growth Mindset is the seed that breeds grittiness.

When people tell you that every athlete started from the beginning, every musician had to learn the basics, every person lifting 500 pounds in the gym started lifting 5, or that every business started as an idea, do you believe them?

Everyone that you’ve ever looked up too; everyone that you deem to be smarter than you, stronger than you, or more skilled had started somewhere. Even Einstein was born a baby.

As humans, we have the ability and resources to adapt and survive in almost any environment. Unlike other animals, if they don’t adapt, they die.

Thus, the Growth Mindset is exactly that. The mindset that you have the ability to grow and change.

Learning is the first step to growth. But even the concept of learning is too difficult for some people. They give up in the early stages because it’s too hard to learn. They stop playing their new guitar because they can’t play a song. They stop drawing cause their sketches are bad. They stop writing because their writing sucks. They stop exercising and eating well because they’re not seeing results.

They stop practicing because they weren’t getting better fast enough.

In a world where everything is instantaneous, we fail to remember that changes like these take time.

The Growth Mindset is the understanding that the human body, especially the brain, changes over a period of time. The brain is plastic and rewires itself to learn new skills and perform new tasks. In conjunction with the brain, the human body then adapts physically, whether it’s building bigger, stronger muscles, losing body fat, or refining motor skills for writing or playing instruments.

Failure is not fixed. Plateaus don’t go on forever. They can be overcome with passion, perseverance, and stamina. They can be overcome with Grit!

Those that develop the understanding for the Growth Mindset are able to acknowledge the fact that learning is a process, and that skills don’t magically develop. Those who recognize this concept are more willing to nurture their habits, work on their weaknesses, and put effort into their long term goals.


Trait for Success and Medication for Failure


The trait for success is to be gritty. The medication for failure is to understand the Growth Mindset.

Thomas Edison’s inventions. Leonardo Da Vinci’s art work. Oscar Pistorius’ Olympic dream. Beethoven’s music. Nelson Mandela’s story. Rubin Carter’s story. Michael Jordan’s athleticism. Steve Jobs’ innovation.

Talent is a gift that makes those who don’t have it afraid to work hard against those who do. But those without talent who work hard seldom lose to those who do not.

The next time you decide on giving up, ask yourself these questions:

Have I given it all I’ve got?

Have I worked my hardest?

Have I given it enough time?

Have I tried a different approach?

Have I gathered enough information?

Have I fully analyzed my process and ironed out the details?

Have I minimized the risk of failing?

How badly do I want it?

The definition of success is different for each individual. It’s wrong to compare your level of progress against someone else’s. For most of us, failure has no real repercussions. But if you want something bad enough, failure can feel like it means everything. Keep these thoughts in mind.

Stay gritty.

Take time to let yourself grow into the person you want to become and do something everyday, day-by-day, to bring you closer to becoming the person you want to be. To become an astronaut, Chris Hadfield decided at 9 years old that every decision he made from that point on was to bring him closer to his dream. So with every decision he asked himself:

“What would an astronaut do?”


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