Hm?! on The grit

I will try to do an objective reflection and introspective, just to get to the point that might be useful to someone. I tried to figure out why things are going good for me. Honestly I am not a superstar at anything. I am just a guy that has a good run. But still, man has got to think…

  • Work is good, it goes better and better year after year. I get to do more and more complex and interesting things at cooler after cooler companies.
  • The training and the club are going good. When I moved to Norway and got cut off from the base club I built from ground up. But then here in Oslo I run a Systema club again. I get to meet interesting and motivated people with common goal to increase their physical capabilities and increase health level.
  • Even fishing is going good. No matter how new I am on some terrain or to some technique. No matter how bad weather could be or how “not enough time” might be in a way… At the end I catch that fish.
  • And the list goes on…

At first I thought I am just content with small things. Or later that I am just lucky guy. But then I saw this TED Talk

That is it! THE GRIT. With me, I deeply believe the key is grit. (I mean let’s be honest, I’m not a star of social intelligence, do not have good looks, it’s not the physical health nor the IQ)

“Grit is passion and perseverance for the very long term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future. Day in, day out.”

– says Angela Lee. Or as Norwegians would say “Stein på stein” (stone by stone).

The grit is what get’s me better and higher paid jobs. What got me to the current instructor level in Systema. And it is what catches the fish at the end of the day.

With this understanding I feel safer. At least safer than when I thought I was just lucky guy. But there is one more thing to solve, that Angela Lee did not take into account. Social relations. I was brought up to be honest and never utilize people for my personal goals. And especially not to keep some people around just because of my own long term personal agendas. I can see how “gritters” could have problems in this area.

Let’s pay attention to that and investigate a bit more…