Call It Passion, Grit or Something Else

I have always referenced that unseen motivator that seems to help some people conquer seemingly insurmountable hurdles as passion.  Others reference it as determination or perseverance. In this TED video by Angela Lee Duckworth, it is labeled “grit.”

Whatever the name this element shows strong evidence of being important in achieving success, whether in academic settings or in business.

“Stick to it,” “never gives up,” and, yes, even “stubborn” are words that can be of great help to those looking to achieve a goal.

So when you are thinking of starting a business, reflect on how strongly the fire is burning inside you. If it’s small, you may want to think about this idea some more.  If it is a roaring blaze, maybe it is time to take the plunge.

Remember though that passion cannot overcome all obstacles. You still need a product or service that solves the customers needs. And you must be able to produce it at a price the customer is willing to pay. In other words, you need to do your homework as well as have the passion.

When you find this combination, then have the conversation with family, friends, and mentors and make plans.  Get ready to overcome or go around obstacles. Finally, hang on for the ride.

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