Perseverance: Do you have true grit?

I am a notorious perseverer. I can do things for decades but I struggle in the short term. From painting, which I’ve done since I was a kid, to playing guitar for 25 years – I have stopped and started hundreds of times, mostly because I burn out when I attempt to be over productive, instead of doing a little everyday for my own enjoyment.

So how do we stick to tasks even when they are super challenging?

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Careers Advisor Soma Ghosh from The Career Happiness Mentor.

Agustin Guilisasti, founder and CEO of HumanForest, London’s first free dockless e-bike service.

Here are some of the resources from the show:

Dr Angela Duckworth at a 2013 TED Talk:

Linda Kaplan Thaler at a L2 Learn to Lead talk in 2016:

James Clear at the American Program Bureau talk in 2018:

Books looked at this week:

Dr Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Linda Kaplan Thaler: Grit to Great: How Hard Work, Perseverance, and Pluck Take from Ordinary to Extraordinary

James Clear: Atomic Habits

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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