Professor Angela Duckworth, in her new book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance suggests that while Aristotle argued that too much (or too little) of a good thing is bad, so far with grit she hasn’t found this to be the case. To date as she’s measured people’s levels of grit and asked how they feel about their results, she says: “Not a single person has ever aspired to be less gritty.”
But let’s be honest, most of us have experienced moments of “stupid grit” where we’ve stayed in a job for too long, stuck around in a relationship we should have left or doggedly pursued an idea that was never going to work. So I asked Caroline Adams Miller, a leading positive psychology coach and practitioner who focuses on goal setting, accomplishment, grit, happiness, and success, how grit might backfire for us. Discover my a-ha moment from our conversation in this short video.