Saturday, 22 August 2015

“Grit to Great” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“All your dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” ―Walt Disney

You must have read the bestselling book ‘Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't’ authored by Jim Collins. Here is another message ‘Grit to Great’. It means if you have grit you can become great in the world. You can achieve anything and everything in the world. By the way what do you mean by grit?

What is Grit?

Grit is a passion. It is a fire that moves people forward. It makes them go to any extent to achieve what they want. It is an extra inner spark that will make people to stand out from others. It involves a growth mindset unlike the fixed mindset.  It makes people to think about future and makes them get up early morning to execute tasks effectively. It is a kind of passion, power and perseverance. It is the ability to achieve goals despite odds stacked against them. It is an indomitable spirit to take on the challenges head-on with confidence and mettle.  It is a marathon, not a sprint. It grows them as leaders and makes them stand out from others. It is more important than intelligence quotient and emotional quotient.

Grit is a gut feeling to make decisions despite not equipped with adequate information. It helps to a great extent to make decisions quickly to enhance leadership effectiveness. It is more than technical and business acumen.

Grit is a blend of passion, perseverance and resilience.  It is the ability to explore other options when failed. It is the ability to experiment new areas. It is the ability to create stability by overcoming crises. It is the tenacity and resilience to bounce back from failures to look at the problems from different perspectives to resolve them. With grit, you can accomplish your goals quickly. Hence, develop your grit quotient.

Grow Your Grit

Grit is an unwavering faith in yourself. It is to encounter the challenges squarely without any fear. It is to believe in your convictions. People with grit don’t complain, condemn and criticize. They don’t blame circumstances. They look for opportunities. They convert threats into opportunities. They convert their scars into stars. Precisely, grit converts an ordinary person into an extraordinary person.

Grit can be developed by experience, observation, and learning continuously from failures. To grow grit, you must invest your efforts consistently. You must work hard, smart and wise to build your grit. Educators and parents must foster grit in their students and children respectively. They must inspire with striking stories of leaders who led with their grit to achieve greater success in life. Educational institutions emphasize on academic excellence. They must also encourage grit to help students overcome challenges effectively.  Extracurricular activities help students develop grit quotient. Therefore, educational institutions must lay equal emphasis on curricular and extracurricular activities.


Parents often pamper their children. They want their children to play safe to be comfortable. In fact, what parents must teach them is to risk and explore. We have only one life. Therefore, whatever we want to do, we must do in this life only. There is a slogan You Only Live Once (YOLO). So, do remember this slogan! Inculcating grit in children helps them build confidence and face challenges squarely in life. Lao Tzu quoted, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Following this quote, parents must not pamper their children. In contrast, they must push their children out of their comfort zone to enable the latter to unlock their potential to grow as leaders.  To conclude, grit is a gift parents must give to their children. It is more than giving money. It is more than giving them with education and character. When children possess grit they can acquire everything including education, character and amazing success.

“Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.” ―Erica Jong

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  1. Professor M.S.Rao is a global leadership guru who is passionate to build one million students as global leaders. He has a huge number of followers globally including in Malaysia. He gave autographs to his fans in Malaysia in August 2015 who bought his best selling book. '21 Success Sutras for Leaders' I enjoy his training programs. I read most of his books. I love his vision. I am proud to be one of his one million global leaders. Jai Hind!