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Talent versus Persistence

Monday, June 13, 2016

This morning, after reading the first chapter of the book "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth, I'm considering the difference between talent and effort. I'm thinking back to the times in my life when I did as well or better than people who had more experience or more education simply because I tried harder. I'm also remembering times when I gave up on something because it was difficult when I might have succeeded had I been more persistent. How did I determine what was important enough to fight for even when the going got tough?

Honestly, some of my successes were motivated by an "I'll show them" mentality. I wanted to prove I was as good as or better than someone or some group. Not exactly inspirational. I think sometimes I gave up on stuff because I thought my lack of skill or my obvious struggle somehow made me look bad. So, how I look to others or want to look to others obviously has some impact on my ability to succeed.

How can I apply that to my journey toward health and fitness? Or, why hasn't wanting to look good already helped me to succeed in meeting my health goals? I'm not sure. I guess I need to read chapter two in the book.

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    Many projects have been started in my life that have gone unfinished. I have discovered that when I begin creating (I do hand crafts) and it doesn't come out the way I expect it should in the beginning stages, I put it aside and mull it over. Unfortunately, my mulling over sometimes takes "years". I am not kidding!

    An older friend, dear as she was, told me that unfinished projects were a sign of immaturity. I just added that to my mulling over list! (Sometimes the mulling works and I do figure out what to do!)

    And, yes, you would think that wanting to look good would be some motivation! But for me, seeing that piece of unclaimed peanut butter fudge with no mirror to remind me of how I look now, just doesn't cut it for me. Gotta have that fudge! emoticon

    Thanks for sharing and have a great week!!!
    854 days ago
    emoticon Lots of interesting things to think about. I, too, will work harder to prove a point than if something comes easy for me. Studied lots of this kind of stuff in mgmt courses about how to motivate people and also in educational psychology...but never thought of it in terms of weight loss. Will have to give that some serious thought...to show the naysayers?!!
    855 days ago
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