Mental Fortitude – Why True Grit Creates Success

why true grit creates success
Why do only certain people succeed while others don’t? Is it because they got lucky? Is it because they came from money? Or is it something else?

I think all of these questions play a role in someone’s success. I was listening to a podcast the other day that was discussing how our society thinks of this term “success.” They had people defining it by saying the obvious “Success is a term that you define yourself it isn’t monetary.” Blah, blah, blah – but then they had a researcher who has studied and published papers on people who have reached success and what makes them different. People of all kinds billionaires of tech companies, managers of hospitals, political figures, and a couple of others. They all had one thing in common… grit. I like to define grit as mental fortitude because it basically comes down to the idea that you can with stand anything that comes at you.

True Grit + Mental Fortitude

The researcher concluded a couple of things but one stuck out because I run into it almost on a DAILY basis and that is true grit. In every case the super successful had a commonality where they each told a story about how people thought they were crazy or their ideas made no sense and would never be successful. They build walls within their minds that aloud them to persevere through all the low points in life.

For me, almost every day someone tells me I can’t do something in which I say, “Watch me.” These people will never go away and too often they are the closest ones to you. They will try and poke holes and create doubt, but understand with every innovation comes doubt. We as entrepreneurs are thinking in ways the average person cannot comprehend because they have accepted the way the world works and choose not to question it. We question everything.

Surrounding Yourself With Others

Building mental fortitude takes effort and often times leads to surrounding yourself with new people. Don’t be afraid to take a leap on yourself even if people around you think its crazy. Those sometimes are the best ideas! And if that’s the case please call me so we can make a pile of cash! Stay tune for my next post where I talk about creating your own opportunity. Is opportunity just dumb luck? Or can you create it?

Be Different. Be Unafraid. Be You.

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  • mckenna bleu

    I absolutely love this! This post is great! Thanks for sharing!

  • Bella Bucchiotti

    My momma always said there is no such thing as luck. You get what you work for…never give up until you make your dreams come true. I am trying!

    • Bella, my mother was the same, there is no such thing as luck, you totally get what you work for. Thanks for reading!

  • I think true grit is so under estimated. Also a lot of people think they have it and then when it gets down to the wire…they just don’t. Love this post!

    • Thank you , Katherine! It is definitely underestimated, but it is so important!

  • Christine Martinez

    I definitely can tell my lack of grit last year and then starting this year on a mission. So much has changed and developed me into a stronger, determined, and unfearful person.

    • Christine, way to go! I am so happy for you and look forward to seeing your success.

  • Sophie

    So underestimated, yet so so important. I think grit comes with age and experience!

    • Age, experience, and practice! Thank you for reading!

  • Daynna Hartjes

    This. I can’t even tell you how much this post resonates with me. Thank you so much for sharing, it’s really comforting to know that others are going through similar experiences and they’re being successful!

    Daynna Hartjes | A Daynna Life

    • The grind is real and its comments like this that keep me going! Thank you for reading!

  • Carly Ned

    True grit is really underestimated. I love your definition of it too!

  • Definitely agreed! I would just add not being afraid to fail! People who have succeeded usually have failed a million times prior. Great advice!

    Cassie’s Big Adventure

    • I agree! Failure is just a milestone on our path to success.

  • You brought up so many good points in this post. I don’t think most people realize that building mental fortitude often times leads to surrounding yourself with new people.

    • So true! The people you surround yourself with are the people you tend to become.

  • I agree grit and resilience are two qualities “successful” people share. I also think it can be practiced, learned, and strengthened.

  • I needed to read this! Sometimes I feel like I do everything I want. And others… I’m a failure. Or when people makes you feel like that with just one look.

    xx, Melissa

    • Don’t let those people get to you! I believe that you have to prove them wrong by just being successful. Go get it!

  • I needed this post more than I can say. I go in and out of feeling successful, and right now I’m kind of in the out stage. I agree that surrounding yourself with people is definitely a huge part of success.

    • Tiffany, I am happy that this post was able to lift you up a little bit! It’s hard to always be the strong person. Its also okay to feel down every once and a while. It’s how you rebound that makes the difference.

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    So inspiring as I begin a full day of firsts. I need to take the advice more often

  • You had some great advice in this post! I think it’s so important to surround yourself with others who will lift you up and motivate you.

  • It’s so hard to stop thinking of societies version of success but I love what you said about grit! Surrounding yourself with positive people is really important and it definitely helps my mental state when I’m around positive, uplifting people!

    • Success is one of the most subjective terms I have ever encountered! It means totally different things to people so when you find yours, forget everyone else! Positivity helps a lot! Thank you for reading.

  • Such great advice! Surrounding yourself with a support system is definitely key to nourish those “crazy” ideas and really help you grow!

  • What great advice! I always say ‘surround yourself with those who lift you up!’

    Alix |

    • Thank you! It’s so important to surround yourself with like minded people who push your limits!

  • This was so filled with incredible, uplifting advice.

  • mQs

    The people you surround yourself with definitely make a huge difference!

  • Kristine Circenis

    I love how more and more people are talking about grit – you raise a great point. Rather than being discouraged by a wall others try to stick you behind, break it down and SHOW them!

  • This was such a great post! I always love hearing people’s success stories and their obstacles because it reminds me I can succeed too!

    The Blush Blonde