The only way to grow and develop grit is to push yourself a little. Don’t overdo it or you might burn yourself out. It’s like if you’re a non-genius coming out of high school and you sign up for graduate level courses. You’re going to go down in flames. Although educational, that might just burn you out for the rest of your life. Instead, find where the edge of your strength is and go only a tiny bit farther.
If you’re currently running three miles, add another quarter mile. After running for perhaps half an hour, what’s another few minutes? I had the chance to do this when I spoke at Idaho State University this week. I had never delivered a two hour inspirational and educational talk before. Though I’d practiced, I wasn’t sure how it would go. Afterward, the organizers told me how much the audience loved it. I pushed myself and it paid off!
“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” — Michael Jordan
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