We all know gritty, successful people. But why are they successful, and how do they do it? Some might think that only certain people have what it takes to make it happen and achieve their goals. But according to Heidi Grant Halvorson from the Harvard Business Review, they would be flat-out wrong.
A motivational psychologist, Halvorson provides more detail in her following article outlining each of her nine suggested actions—from getting specific about goals, to the importance of having “grit” and focusing on what you will do. Most notably to me anyway, Halvorson says, “you don’t need to become a different person to become a more successful one. It’s never what you are, but what you do.” Remember, she says, it’s what you DO!
By Heidi Grant Halvorson
Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others — is really just one small piece of the puzzle. In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do. Continue reading