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.