According to the American Psychological Association, the main difference between high-achievers and everyone is grit.
What is grit? The article describes grit as “the disposition to pursue very long-term goals with passion and perseverance, sustained over time.”
This can be years or decades. Getting back up after failing over and over gain. Consistently showing up to take your beatings until you can start dishing out your own.
Fortunately, grit isn’t just inherent to some and not to others. To increase your grit, you need to focus on three things:
1) Optimism and a growth mindset
2) Passion about what you’re working on
3) Ignore the costs incurred while working hard
The full article can be found here.