• What is Grit?

      By: Dan Isaka

      June 12, 2017

      Recently, I read the book, Grit by Angela Duckworth. I cannot recommend this book enough! In a nutshell, Grit describes a personality trait which can best be described as a consistent willingness to persevere.

      Here are some quotes from the book to get your wheels spinning:

      “Gritty people do more deliberate practice and experience more flow.”

      “First comes interest. Passion begins with intrinsically enjoying what you do…Next comes the capacity to practice. One form of perseverance is the daily discipline of trying to do things better than we did yesterday…Third is purpose. What ripens passion is the conviction that your work matters…And, finally, hope. Hope is a rising-to-the-occasion kind of perseverance.”

      “Personally, I have learned that if you create a vision for yourself and stick with it, you can make amazing things happen in your life. My experience is that once you have done the work to create the clear vision, it is the discipline and effort to maintain that vision that can make it all come true. The two go hand in hand. The moment you’ve created that vision, you’re on your way, but it’s the diligence with which you stick to that vision that allows you to get there.”

      and finally…

      “To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal. To be gritty is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise eight.”

      While reading this book, I couldn’t help but think about how this book translates to our field of real estate. Throughout the marketing, negotiations, operations and prospecting activities for our clients, a tremendous amount of grit is necessary to ensure that we achieve first-class results. I think that grit may be the most important trait that separates mediocre professionals from great professionals. Read this book and share what your take away is. I would truly love to hear your thoughts. Have a great and “gritty” day everyone!