Does “True Grit” Actually Exist?

Research suggests it may decide how much we achieve in life

 

Have you got what it takes to succeed (True Grit) and realise your dreams?

Do you have to be born with it, or can it be bred into you?

When the going gets tough, do you get going?

 

Why is having “true grit” important and what can you do if you don’t think you’ve got it?

 

  • Having true grit is a trait among high-achievers, scientists claim
  • ‘True gritters’ show perseverance, tenacity and think success is important

 

He's got it: Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn in the True Grit remake
He’s got it: Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn in the True Grit remake

 

John Wayne had it too – more than Jeff Bridges Some will say. But far from being an intangible quality – scientists claim ‘true grit’ can be measured.

They say those with the trait show a ‘perseverance and passion for long-term goals’, and are tenacious, not easily distracted and not discouraged by setbacks.

And the scientists claim a simple test is enough to see whether a person possesses the dogged determination exhibited by Marshal Rooster Cogburn in the Hollywood Western  True Grit.

Those who take it have to rate how closely eight statements apply to them. These include ‘I finish whatever I begin’ and ‘Setbacks don’t discourage me’.

Wayne received an Oscar for his 1969 portrayal of the fearless American civil war veteran who helps a 14-year-old girl track down the man who had killed her father.

Bridges showed a similar single-mindedness in a recent remake.

And scientists say that if you too have true grit, you may do better in life.

Those with true grit show a ‘perseverance and passion for long-term goals’.

They are tenacious, not easily distracted and not discouraged by set-backs.  Theyalso place importance in success.

 According to studies, gritty children spell better, gritty teachers get the best out of their pupils and gritty adults get higher marks at university.

Put simply, grit could explain why some people try harder than others. To work out who has true grit, scientists have devised a test designed to measure focus and perseverance.

Those who score highly aren’t distracted from the task in hand by new opportunities, nor are they discouraged by setbacks. They are hard-workers and find it easy to spend months focusing on a single project. And, as diligent types, they like to finish what they begin.

So does she: 'True gritters' are tenacious, not easily distracted and find success very importantShe has it! ‘True gritters’ are tenacious, hard-working and find success very important

 

Long-term, this may lead to them achieving their goals. But in the very short-term, the effects can be seen on the body.

When psychologists who wanted to test their grit got men and women to do tricky mental manipulations, they saw differences in the activity of the heart between tenacious types and those who give up easily.

Researchers said: ‘Grit, a recently proposed personality trait associated with persistence for long-term goals, predicts success in part in promoting self-control, thus allowing people to persist in repetitive, tedious or frustrating behaviours that are necessary for success.

‘People high in grit are more passionate about their goals and more dedicated to accomplishing them.’

True Gritters would align very nicely with the high D behavioural style within the DiSC behavioural profiling approach – a tool we use extensively here at Wallshire Management.

If you want to find out whether you’ve got “True Grit”, we can help you find out.

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