How to prevent grit from becoming the grind

We need passion to prevent the grit from becoming a grind.

It might take years to discover what occupation or hobby ignites our interest.

Our intuition tells us if something is there — there's no need to manufacture a vocation that's missing a calling.

That hustle muscle

Enthusiasm is an extra muscle. It provides added energy for the road ahead and pushes us forward despite failed results.

Conversely, we don’t like work that feels like work and erodes our lives with it.

We should expect ourselves to do great things without added pressure. Take this advice from author Peter Bregman on finding our most important work.

So instead of worrying about what life is going to be like tomorrow, focus on these three things today. Answer these three questions: Are you working on something meaningful and challenging—something for which you have about a 50 percent chance of succeeding? Are you relating to other people at work or socially—people you like and to whom you feel close? Do you feel recognized for the work you are doing—paid or unpaid? Can you influence decisions and outcomes? If the answer is yes in each case, great. You’ll be motivated. Wherever it’s not, create those opportunities immediately.

Peter Bregman, 18 Minutes

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A daily blogger who connects the dots between arts and life.

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