The quality I most admire and why

What are the qualities you most admire in a person? Of course, there are many different traits that appeal to us. But for me, one really stands out.

Over the years running a global financial organisation, I’ve come to realise the profound power of what I refer to as ‘grit’.

In the face of challenges, setbacks, and obstacles, grit, or resilience, to put it another way, becomes the driving force that propels individuals and organisations forward, enabling them to achieve their goals and surpass expectations.

For me, it’s the ability to bounce back from issues and challenges and to withstand the storms that inevitably arise in the world of business. But it’s not simply about weathering the storm but also about emerging stronger, better, bigger and more determined than before.

As a CEO, I understand that setbacks are part of the journey, and it is through grit that we find the strength to overcome them.

One of the key reasons I find power in this is that it fuels a growth mindset.

Resilient people view setbacks and failures as opportunities for growth and learning rather than as insurmountable barriers.

They’re able to extract valuable lessons from their experiences, adapt their strategies, and make informed decisions to move forward. This mindset boosts innovation and continuous improvement within the organisation, driving it towards continued long-term success.

I think that it also helps me inspire and motivate our dedicated, talented teams around the world.
Grit, I believe, is a quality that everyone should cultivate in their lives. Regardless of our roles or circumstances, resilience empowers us to face challenges head-on, adapt to change, and ultimately thrive in an unpredictable world.

By embracing resilience, we become more adaptable and flexible, able to adjust our mindset and strategies to accommodate evolving circumstances.

It drives us to maintain a positive mindset and well-being. It allows us to approach challenges with a sense of optimism, finding solutions rather than dwelling on problems. Resilience also helps us to manage stress, build emotional strength, and cultivate mental well-being.

Ultimately, having a bit of grit enables us to lead more fulfilling and successful lives. It empowers us to face adversity, embrace change, and pursue our goals with unwavering determination.

By embodying resilience, we become more capable of overcoming obstacles, seizing opportunities, and creating a brighter, better future for ourselves and those around us.

Or, as Rocky Balboa said, “It’s not about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

Let me know what quality you most admire in others. Also, tell me what grit means to you.

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