9 Ways to Build Grit and Resilience


Taylor, Montey

You can be skilled, talented, educated, and brilliant. But, if you’re not resilient,

persistent, and possess grit, you’ll never make the most of those other attributes.

Think about the five most successful people you know. My guess is that they are not all the most

naturally talented in their area of success. However, they know how to get things done and


For many people resilience and grit might be the missing ingredient in your quest for success.

Try these techniques to increase your resilience and grit:

1. Stay in contact with others.

When times are tough, it’s natural to crawl into a

hole and be by yourself. This is a mistake. You’re more capable with a support

system. Give up the idea that strong people take on the world by themselves.

You’re stronger when you have help and support. Maintain your relationships.

2. Have high hopes.

It’s easier to stand strong when you expect things to improve.

Consider every bad time in your life. Haven’t things gotten better every single

time? When you know better times are ahead, grit and resilience are easier to

demonstrate. Focus on a positive outcome.

3. Know that the most successful people are those with the most resilience.

It might be easy to be wealthy and successful but becoming wealthy and

successful is anything but. The most successful people were willing to take on

challenges that the average person would avoid like the plague.

4. Take excellent care of yourself.

No matter what is going on in your life, you still need food, rest, love, exercise, and fun. Take

good care of yourself and you’ll be

in a better position to weather challenges. Most people ignore their needs

during difficult times, but this is a huge error.

You have to be healthy to be able to reach success, and give to others.

5. Be active, not passive.

It’s easier to last when you’re doing something to make

progress. Rather than passively waiting for things to get better, take steps to

improve the situation. If there is something constructive you can do, do it. Even if it’s small.

6. Give yourself mental breaks.

No matter how resilient you may be, take regular

breaks to recharge your batteries. What is your favorite way to take a mental

break? You could watch a movie, exercise, read a book, or go fishing with a

friend. Do whatever works for you.

7. Remind yourself of all the adversity you’ve overcome since childhood.

No one’s life is smooth sailing 100% of the time. You’ve already overcome many

obstacles. Remind yourself of your past successes during challenging times.

You’ll have the fortitude and motivation to continue.

8. Live a life that revolves around your interests.

If you have a job you hate, it’s hard to have a lot of grit and resilience. It’s much easier to have

perseverance while doing something you love. Find a career and hobbies that you love. The

need for grit is much lower!

9. Hang around with resilient people.

You become more like the people you spend the most time with. Choose your friends wisely.

You’ll become a stronger person if you hang out with strong people. Find some people you want to be more like.