My mom, although she lost her father this year, published her first book! It is one of the few for Chinese investing in America, specifically Las Vegas. You can find her book in all the bookstores throughout Taiwan. Mom: I spread your book on-top of the other books! #proudchild
Go Daddy! One of the 100 most influential people in the last 10 years for online gaming! Thank you for being such a humble role model and the most LOVING papa a young woman could ever ask for… #proudchild
Our company had its First Marketing Retreat which included a section on GRIT.
Definition of GRIT = the perseverance and passion for higher order goals despite distractions and adversity.
Because our marketplace and our consumer changes every day, what type of marketer should I try to be? One who is good at connecting, one who can adapt to anything, chameleon… NO the answer is a “Focuser”.
A marketer who has mastered the skill of Focus will come out with the strongest performance. Why? Because they have GRIT…
QUIZ TIME… How Gritty are you?
I finish whatever I begin. VERSUS I am good at adapting to new situations and demands.
I am a hard worker. VERSUS I am creative.
I like mastering a few skills. VERSUS I like change and variety.
I sometimes stick with apparently fruitless tasks too long. VERSUS I sometimes move on too quickly if as task isn’t driving results.
I am happy to work independently for long periods of time. VERSUS I seek as much feedback as possible to improve my work.
I am motivated by achieving long-term goals. VERSUS I am motivated by impact.
If you answered more of the first answer means you are more gritty. If you answered more of the second answer you are not so gritty.
Grit is about SUSTAINED (not maximal) PERFORMANCE.
Analogy: In football grit is continuous weekends of studying the playbook VERSUS good performance in a 40-yard dash or catching drills.
Grit is now the optimal predictor of success, no longer the highly overrated “Talent”…
If you want Grit the Secret is practice. Specifically your practice must be intentional or deliberate. For example it only counts if you focus by yourself, no half-ass efforts that include practicing with friends and other distractions (music, t.v.!).
With Grit you are scored by (repeatedly) SHOWING UP to the race NOT how well you perform once at the race. It is about sticking with something not for the short-term but digging deep for the long-haul. NEVER GIVE UP, don’t succumb to temptation and have a long-term goal.
Nowadays… Talent requires Grit… heccck yeahhh!!
Credit to my SVP’s Presentation and Jonah Lehrer article in Wired which made up the content of this post.
Once upon the time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.
“Maybe,” the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.
“Maybe,” replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.
“Maybe,” answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
“Maybe,” said the farmer.
Photo credit goes to Artist Martin Svoboda: http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Digital-Drawing-Good-Luck/72315/1274410/view#
Two monks were returning to the monastery in the evening. It had rained and there were puddles of water on the road sides. At one place a beautiful young woman was standing unable to walk accross because of a puddle of water. The elder of the two monks went up to a her lifted her and left her on the other side of the road, and continued his way to the monastery.
In the evening the younger monk came to the elder monk and said, “Sir, as monks, we cannot touch a woman?”
The elder monk answered “yes, brother”.
Then the younger monk asks again, “but then Sir, how is that you lifted that woman on the roadside ?”
The elder monk smiled at him and told him “I left her on the other side of the road, but you are still carrying her.”
A man had a withered tree. “It’s unlucky to keep a withered tree,” said his neighbor. The first man then felled his tree and his neighbor asked for some of the wood as fuel. “The old man simply wanted some fuel,” thought the owner of the tree indignantly. “That’s why he told me to fell my tree. We are neighbors yet he tricks me in this way. That is too far.”
photo credit to Artist Brasser: http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Painting-Oil-Shelter/20391/1409298/view#
The was once a man who wanted some gold. One morning he went to the market to purchase some. Arriving at the gold dealer’s stall, he seized a piece of gold and made off. The officer who caught him asked him, “Why did you steal gold infront of so many people?” “When I took the gold,” he answered, “I saw nobody. All I saw was the gold.”
photo credit Artist William Oxer: http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Painting-Acrylic-Temptation/1162/1379867/view
A man who lost his axe suspected his neighbor’s son of stealing it. When he watched the way the young lad walked – exactly like a thief. He watched the boy’s expressions – it was that of a thief. He watched the way he talked – just like a thief. In short, all his gestures and actions proclaimed him guilty of the theft. But later the man found the axe himself when cleaning. After that when he saw the neighbor’s son, all the lad’s gestures and actions looked quite unlike those of a thief.
photo credit Artist Asbjorn Lonvig: http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Digital-Drawing-3-Gangsters/4567/1356206/view