How Gritty Are You?

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Greg Warner is CEO and Founder of MarketSmart, a revolutionary marketing software and services firm that helps nonprofits raise more for less. In 2012 Greg coined the phrase “Engagement Fundraising” to encapsulate his breakthrough fundraising formula for achieving extraordinary results. Using their own innovative strategies and technologies, MarketSmart helps fundraisers around the world zero in on the donors most ready to support their organizations and institutions with major and legacy gifts.

I think “grit” is more important than talent or skill.
 
Grit is courage, strength of character and “stick-to-it-ive-ness.”
 
Here’s a neat test to determine your grittiness thanks to someone at the University of Pennsylvania.  CLICK HERE
 
I got 4.63 out of 5 putting me in the 90th-99th percentile.  How about you?
 
Grit Score
 

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Scott Park
Scott Park
8 years ago

4.5 which puts me in the 90th percentile.
Do us tenacious ones get an eye patch with this score?
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065126/

Iris Juergens
8 years ago

I got 4.93 🙂

Angela Strain
Angela Strain
8 years ago

4.38! Also 90th percentile. Perhaps those in the less than 90th percentile aren’t eager to take a test to see how gritty they are? I think the description may only appeal to those who are comfortable with their grit. And grits! I’ll take mine in a Deep South cheese grits casserole, thanks…

Kelly
Kelly
8 years ago
Reply to  Angela Strain

Martha, that is hilarious. Mmm, casserole.

Greg Warner
8 years ago

Wow! MarketSmart blog readers are “gritty” indeed!

Adam
Adam
8 years ago

Your grit score is: 5
You are grittier than at least 90% of the US population.

Greg Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Adam

Wow. Good for you Adam! 5!!

Kelly
Kelly
8 years ago

I got 4.88!

Jane Ratzlaff
Jane Ratzlaff
8 years ago

4.63

Greg Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Jane Ratzlaff

Nice Jane!

Suzanne Lezotte
Suzanne Lezotte
8 years ago

My score was 2.63. I could tell what choices would make me come out closer to a 5.0, but I was honest with my answers. And, I agree with Paul Boudrye, it takes all kinds of people with diverse sets of skills. Sometimes, relationships necessary in the world of fundraising aren’t made because you have “grit,” but because you have passion, empathy and the ability to listen.

Greg Warner
8 years ago

I agree 10000%. Thanks for engaging with us Suzanne!

Terry Mulligan
Terry Mulligan
8 years ago

My score was 4.63 – which didn’t surprise me, as anyone who knows me even a little would say that I am pretty tenacious (actually, they would say that I am focused, driven, and stubborn). For the most “tenacious” of us, I would think it’s about knowing when to dial it back and/or finding the place that truly appreciates it!

Greg Warner
8 years ago

An eye patch? No. But I’ll send you some MarketSmart m&m’s or a 3-to-1 Engagement Fundraising Pad if you want a prize! 🙂

Paul Boudrye
Paul Boudrye
8 years ago

Thank you for this Grit assessment.

Paul Boudrye
Paul Boudrye
8 years ago

btw I believe Grit is a key component in the overall success continuum of an individual and a team. My score 3.5. We need people with a diverse set of Talents, Passions, Motivations and Grit. Let me know how I may be of service. Would like to include your research in a project I am involved with.
Paul

Jeanette
8 years ago

My score was 4.5.
As I took the test I became curious about how to inspire tenacity in others. Can tenacity be taught? While I believe that some people are naturals at pushing through towards goals – and that is a good thing. Tenacity can sometimes damage self, family and community. While this test looked at tasks it overlooked relational tenacity – I think Suzanne would have scored high on that.
At the root of tenacity in all areas is self confidence. For us to flourish – especially in this industry – we must begin with self-care. When we do one thing that brings us joy each day we are strengthened mentally, emotionally and relationally – then we are better equipped to live and work with tenacity and grit!
Check out this post on how to build tenacity from the folks at Metcalf Associates. https://www.metcalf-associates.com/five-keys-to-building-tenacity-and-humility-in-the-face-of-chaos/

Greg Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeanette

Thanks for your thoughtful contribution Jeanette.

Steve Hagler
Steve Hagler
8 years ago

Some of the commenters ask if you can teach grit and tenacity. I think you can. Outward Bound has been doing it for almost 90 years. Hundreds of thousands of alumni, and the most common phrase is “it changed my life” followed by “I learned that I could do more than I thought I could.” Outward Bound’s framework (often copied, never duplicated!) for teaching students that they have what it takes to overcome physically and mentally challenging days in the wilderness is a great recipe for learning about, and internalizing, perseverance, tenacity and grit. Learn more at https://outwardboundcalifornia.org/

Greg Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Steve Hagler

Thanks for contributing Steve. I did Outward Bound. It was my graduation present from my dad after I graduated college. 2 weeks. I’ll never forget it.

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