Because you are living in the digital age, information will find you whether or not you reach out for it. It goes without saying. And with all the gadgets at your disposal, this information can make you feel as if you are in a war zone. Surrounded, with barely little or no time to process it all.

Let’s see, from your emails, Facebook feed, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and everything in between. There’s this constant stream of information flooding your life. Which is great.

But only if it serves the right purpose.

And while the term ‘right’ is subjective, today, we are going to define it as; information geared towards improving your life.

I get it. The scope of improving your life is quite vast. But to narrow it down, let’s focus on things like evolving into your best version or scaling the walls of success.

Something we all want.

Obviously, these are all noble goals, and nothing does a better job of drawing you closer to them like information. It opens your minds and empowers you.

And yet, for the most part, the information you consume is not directly proportional to your accomplishments. Most often, you end up drowning in the information rather than using it to swim across.

Clearly, there’s a missing piece in this puzzle. Think about it:

If you are consuming that much information, why aren’t you bridging the gap between where you are and where you want to get?

What is the missing element?

It is grit. This missing piece is the true game-changer. This is what makes a difference between standing on the shore and making it to the other side. You see, grit is stamina. Grit is passion. Grit is persistence.

Grit is sticking with your future day in, day out and not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years.

Angela Lee Duckworth

The truth is, some of the most successful people known to you have probably never consumed as much information as you have. Not even half of it -and that right there is a rather disturbing twist.

Still, they continue to steer themselves into even greater heights of success. The kind you desperately want.

Why is this?

Before we get to that, let’s get clear about one thing. Most of these peoples’ lives are not that much different from yours. These are just normal people who have brushed shoulders with the same situations you contend with.

In fact, some have had it rather tough. They’ve had to bring down huge walls of steel and withstand multiple cycles of failure. You know them. No need to explain that. That’s one horse that has been repeatedly beaten to death.

So now that that’s out of the way, it leaves one assumption, which is; If external factors have no bearing on the success you achieve, it then follows that their success is attributed to their intelligence. Right?

Your assumption then leads you to believe that the main reason they continue to surf the tidal wave of success is that their IQ happens to be higher than yours.

And the same reflects in the results that they get. That it makes them more intelligent and smarter than you.

Does it?

In her Ted talk at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Angela Duckworth flips the lid on this. The psychologist broaches this topic from the lens of her findings on the process of learning and achievements of people from both ends of the spectrum. 7th graders as well as cadets in the military.

In her evaluation, she discovers that IQ has a very small bearing on overall achievement. This is because people with a high IQ don’t always excel. On the flip side, people with a low IQ excel more often than is anticipated.

She further explains that while IQ is a good thing, it is not the only determining factor to success. There is more. She attributes grit as the number one factor for success.

Allow me to expound farther.

Grit is the only force that empowers you to stick to your goals no matter how long it takes to achieve them. Because almost always, your goals seem to take longer than you are prepared to wait.

Grit is what does the job.

It makes you show up when the going gets tough. It’s what makes you hold tight to a mission long after your flurry of enthusiasm has faded into apathy.

Just so we are clear, at this point, the false assumption that a high IQ is the only determining factor to success has now been tossed out the window.

This is great because you now know that you are as qualified to take a seat at the table of success as the those you envy. Because the only requirement is grit. How cool is that?

Which brings me to the next point.

If grit is powerful enough to bridge the gap between where we are, and where we want to get, is it something that can be developed?

If so, how can we go about it?

You only develop grit through persistence. It’s your refusal to back down that will harness grit. It is very much like a muscle, the more you work it, the stronger it becomes. It is sticking with your thing no matter what.

It gets better. There’s a silver lining in all this.

By consistently doing something you have to do it then becomes something you just do. It becomes embedded in you as the element of difficulty dies a natural death.

This not only gives you a sense of achievement but it also creates space for you to take up a new challenge.

That’s when things really start to shift.

You see, from here onward, the information you consume is no longer an empty inspiration. By incorporating grit, it transforms into actionable principles.

This way, you are able to bridge the gap and draw closer to where you want to arrive.