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Grit is defined as "perseverance and passion for long-term goals" by psychologist Angela Duckworth.

This positive trait describes those who work hard and overcome obstacles to achieve their priorities, every effort driving closer to their goals and increasing the likelihood of success. With grit, there is nothing that can stand in our way!

But what if it didn’t always result in success?

Each of us have qualities that can be leveraged as strengths, and we tend to lean in, and lean hard. But when applied in the wrong situation or at the wrong time, can actually backfire.

What if you didn’t like or agree with what you were doing but felt compelled to get it done because you had to? You applied the “grin and bear it” mentality. While you may "win" it might not feel as good.

Or you push hard without considering potential negative impacts. Perhaps you have a deadline to meet on a big project, or a huge pitch to prepare for a client meeting... Did you miss dinner with your family, or run over others to get it accomplished, or sacrifice quality?

Having awareness is key to harness your strength to its utmost opportunity. Grit can be a powerful skill when applied in the right situation. Being mindful of overreach helps us control and capitalize on our skills.

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