Build Grit
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Build Grit

How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up
4.4 (129 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,175 students enrolled
Created by Martin Meadows
Last updated 9/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Build grit necessary for any accomplishment.
  • Keep going despite difficulties and setbacks.
  • Know when to keep going and when it's better to give up.
  • Develop mental toughness to handle difficult situations and persevere without losing confidence.
  • Avoid the most common pitfalls that lead people to giving up.
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  • You need to know that this course requires you to implement the advice shared in it. Before you start the course, think of goals you'd like to achieve.

Tempted to Give Up? Here’s How to Keep Going

If you browse through the interviews with some of the most successful people on Earth, you’ll find one common piece of advice shared by virtually all of them:

They never give up on their big goals.

Research shows that grit is a better predictor for success than any other factor. The ability to keep going despite setbacks is more important than your IQ, character or other external factors like your upbringing or surroundings.

But what does it really mean to “never give up”? What exactly is grit? How do you persevere when faced with larger than life difficulties? How do you keep going when you’re at the brink of exhaustion and all your hard work hasn’t been rewarded yet?

I created this course to explore the subject of persistence from a more scientific point of view than cliché self-help sayings. I want to share with you how exactly to stick to your goals according to peak performers and science – not vague motivational advice that assumes we have unlimited strength once we’re motivated enough.

Here are just a couple of things you will learn from the course:

- A crucial piece of advice you can learn from the first people who reached the South Pole. If you make the wrong choice, you’ll burn out – guaranteed.

- What famous American comic Jerry Seinfeld did in his early days of career to keep going. It’s a simple trick that provides huge results.

- What a study on top musicians, athletes, actors and chess players can teach you about achieving results and persistence. The elite performers practice much fewer hours than you believe.

- The most common ways you lead yourself to self-sabotage. Usually, you’re not even aware of how many of your efforts go for naught simply because of the things you'll discover in the course.

- According to studies, this one trait is strongly associated with grit and persistence. Learn what it is and how to develop it in five different ways.

- Five focusing questions to keep going. Asking yourself these questions will help you boost your motivation when you’re at the brink of giving up.

- How listening to others whining makes a part of your brain shrink and affects your ability to persevere when faced with setbacks.

There’s no reason why you should give up if you’re working on the right goal. Learn how to make sure you’ll reach your objectives.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people who want to improve themselves and have goals they'd like to achieve.
  • No prior knowledge about personal development is needed.
  • This course is not for you if you're not willing to make changes in your life or if you don't plan to set any goals for yourself.
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:15

How to build grit? How do you persevere when faced with larger than life difficulties? How do you keep going when you’re at the brink of exhaustion and all your hard work hasn’t been rewarded yet? This course (based on my bestselling book Grit: How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up) has the answers to these questions.

Preview 02:15
The Basics of Building Grit
3 Lectures 17:17

Grit serves no purpose if you’re chasing the wrong thing. Blind persistence can hold you back from achieving your goals instead of helping you reach them. Consequently, the most important question you should ask yourself before you even start learning about grit is: “Should I even keep going?”

Preview 06:37

You can accomplish a lot in your life with sheer persistence, but there’s no reason to rely on grit alone. You’ll free up a lot of willpower to use in other areas of your life if you support grit with daily routines requiring little to no effort to perform. Why are routines so important and how do you introduce them into your life to persevere no matter the circumstances?

Preview 05:28

Mental toughness encompasses a wide variety of positive attributes that help a person handle difficult situations and persevere without losing confidence. Learn how to develop it.

Lesson 3: How to Develop Mental Toughness
How to Build Grit in a Sustainable Way
2 Lectures 08:26

Hard work is a success cliché that makes people work unnecessarily hard. Some of the most successful people in life achieved their goals not because of their blood, sweat, and tears, but primarily because they worked less than other people (but in a more focused way). Discover how to do it.

Lesson 4: When You’re Trying Too Hard

All of us know how dangerous stress is to our health. Yet, the image of success people have in their minds usually means extremely hard and stressful work, frequently at the cost of stress wreaking havoc on your body. Learn why it's the wrong approach.

Lesson 5: How to Stop Operating at Suboptimal Level
Dealing With Self-Sabotage
2 Lectures 11:57

Even if you consider yourself a fairly persistent person, you probably sabotage your goals at least a few times. Self-sabotage comes in all shapes and sizes, but most frequently it starts with rationalizing why you should give up (when you shouldn’t). In this lesson, we’ll explore some of the most common self-sabotage behaviors.

Lesson 6: How You Sabotage Yourself (and What to Do about It)

Limiting beliefs are yet another reason why people sabotage themselves. These beliefs work behind the scenes. It’s hard to notice them without a good look within. Learn how to deal with them.

Lesson 7: How to Overcome Limiting Beliefs
How to Build Skills and Traits Necessary for Grit and Relentlessness
5 Lectures 22:27

Studies show that grit is strongly associated with conscientiousness. Optimism is another important trait of gritty peopleDiscover how these two important traits can help you build grit and how to develop them.

Lesson 8: Two Important Personality Traits of Gritty People

People who are resilient experience positive emotions even during stressful events, which helps them quickly rebound despite adversity. Consequently, resilience is the most important skill to build to learn how to turn your struggles into something positive. Discover how to develop it.

Lesson 9: Resilience: A Skill Everyone Needs

Even the most persistent people sometimes battle with doubt and are tempted to give up. Fortunately, there are several effective techniques you can use to greatly reduce the temptation to give up. We'll cover them in this lesson.

Lesson 10: Five Techniques to Be Relentless

Impatience can negatively affect your persistence in at least three ways. Discover how to avoid these traps and stay patient when working on your long-term goals.

Lesson 11: Avoid the Traps of Impatience

Self-help literature suggests that the best way to motivate yourself to work on your goal is to imagine it in great detail. Yet, there’s more to it than just visualizing your success. Learn what.

Lesson 12: Visualize in the Right Way
1 Lecture 02:18

I created this course with one goal in mind – to help you understand what affects persistence and how to become a grittier person. If it helped you push through the obstacles and overcome the short-term feeling of discouragement, I consider my job done.

1 Lecture 04:08
About the Instructor
Martin Meadows
4.5 Average rating
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Amazon bestselling self-help author

Martin Meadows is the pen name of a bestselling author who has dedicated his life to personal growth. He constantly reinvents himself by making drastic changes in his life. Over the years, he has: regularly fasted for over 40 hours, taught himself two foreign languages, lost over 30 pounds in 12 weeks, ran several businesses in various industries, took ice-cold showers and baths, lived on a small tropical island in a foreign country for several months, and wrote a 400-page long novel's worth of short stories in one month.

Yet, self-torture is not his passion. Martin likes to test his boundaries to discover how far his comfort zone goes. His findings (based both on his personal experience and scientific studies) help him improve his life. If you're interested in pushing your limits and learning how to become the best version of yourself, you'll love Martin's works.