Is it all about grit?

By     Oct 8, 2015

Field Notes

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This week on Field Notes, we're talking about career paths. We've broken this conversation down into four questions. We'll dive into a different question each day this week. Today, we take a look at the obstacles in between where you are and where you want to be. How do you determine what these obstacles are? Which ones are the most important to focus on now?

From a young age, we’re told that if you work hard and practice every day you can achieve your goals. This often requires focus on few or only one thing in order to reach a desired level of success. Reb Rebele, shares how for many this is the case, but for most – we’re just not wired that way. It’s about understanding our personal definition of success and discovering many ways of getting there. Most importantly, Rebele poses the question, "will a gritty focus on a relatively narrow range of interests make us happy?" This challenges us to not only think about success in the realm of career achievement, but also in that of personal well-being.

So, we determine our definition of success, but then what? Whatever your path, there will be obstacles. Does having a clear definition of success help you to better overcome them?



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