If you’re a Ted Talks fan like me, you’ve probably noticed that grit has become a buzzword in education forums. Experts are saying that the students graduating and rising to the top of their fields these days are not just those with the most talent and smarts, but rather those with grit. Grittiness, or strength of character as evidenced by courage and resolve, is what enables students to make it. More than ever, this is also true of artists. We need to be courageous and resolute in order to succeed because we are now the primary forces steering and propelling our careers forward. We have more freedom, and also much more responsibility. So know who you are, where it is you want to go and how you need to get there; but remember that, while smarts, talent and opportunity will carry you some of the way, what will propel you through thick and thin and keep you pushing onwards to the big finish is, more than anything else, your grit.
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