Psychologists have been studying the roots of human motivation and success for years. Angela Lee Duckworth, Ph.D. is an American Psychologist who's research focuses on a construct she calls "grit."
No matter our goals, it's way too easy to become discouraged, to feel we don't have the intelligence to succeed, to compare ourselves to others.
Researchers like Angela Duckworth and Heidi Grant Halvorson are defining constructs that change the landscape in terms of how people view potential. Their work, and the work of so many others, is setting the foundation of proof that hard work and a "get-better" mindset (vs. "be good" mindset) are the driving factors for goal-attainment.
In the end, the best predictor of any success - whether we're talking getting a book published, a grant accepted, or acing that hole-in-one - is the number of tries we make. And here's a secret: tries=practice. Practice leads to mastery.
To quote Brian Johnson, "grit is willpower squared, soul food." How about a nice, big bowl ...?