What is professional grit? I recently had the opportunity to interview Theresa Destrebecq, who is a Conflict Resolution Coach specializing in supporting women who are entrenched in negative work relationships and long to gain back their sanity, so that they can keep the job they love and continue to make the impact that they long to make.
What is Professional Grit?
- How would you define it?
- What does it really mean?
- Do I need it?
- Do I want it?
- What does grit have to do with me anyway?
When we embrace the GRIT within us, we can leap frog both our personal and professional goals. Who doesn’t want that? Check out a little snippet of my interview with Theresa.
Margaret M. Perlis, a Forbes contributor talks about professional grit in her article 5 Characteristics of Grit. She talks about courage and fortitude, having long term goals and following through but the last characteristic is perhaps key; excellence vs. perfection.
In general, gritty people don’t seek perfection, but instead strive for excellence. Excellence is an attitude, not an endgame. It is far more forgiving, allowing and embracing failure and vulnerability on the ongoing quest for improvement. It allows for disappointment, and prioritizes progress over perfection. Like excellence, grit is an attitude about, to paraphrase Tennyson…seeking, striving, finding, and never yielding.
Sometimes we have to dig down deep to reach that grit at our core. When challenges seem insurmountable, we push on through toward our goal.
I invite you to check out the many wonderful and inspiring articles Theresa has posted on LinkedIn. She shares real life examples of how professional grit, perseverance and purpose can make a difference in your life.
JJ DiGeronimo, a speaker, author and thought-leader for Women in Tech and Girls and STEM, empowers professional women and consults with senior executives on strategies to retain and attract Women in Technology to increase thought and leadership diversity within organizations.
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