Sometimes, success comes from hanging on just a bit longer. Obstacles are what you see when you look away from your goal. Some people call it grit, intestinal fortitude, perseverence.
Angela Lee Duckworth, a University of Pennsylvania psychology professor, studies “grit” which she defines as ”perseverance and passion for long-term goals“. She gave an interesting talk at TED titled, “True Grit: Can Perseverance Be Taught?” Her research shows that achievement involves far more than natural intelligence. An impassioned, focused, single-minded person who perseveres despite obstacles almost always accomplishes more than a very smart person who switches projects and quits when things when the going gets rough.
To succeed, you often have to suck it up and know that it will be a very gritty day.