This is NOT a post about the graining qualities of watercolours!
Rather, ‘Grit’ in this context means a passion and a persevere to meet your long term goals.
It was identified in the little TED talk below, as the key attribute you need for successful learning.
They weren’t speaking specifically about painting, but I believe it’s not just applicable to painting, it’s VITAL that we begin to think of painting in this way.
If someone first tries to learn a different language, and they don’t pick it up really quickly, we don’t assume that they CAN’T learn it.
But somehow with painting, it’s seen as something more mysterious, when really it’s not.
Often the ability to paint is put down to a thing we call ‘talent’. And ‘talent’ (or the lack of it) in the common understanding of it is a really defeatist concept because it’s assumed it’s not something you can develop.
However, the research into brain development is now showing that it is absolutely something that is developed, and I’ll be writing about this a lot more.
The best thing about this research is that it can really help people to build ‘grit’.
Knowledge of the new research can help people develop what’s been termed a ‘Growth mindset’.
It’s the belief that the ability to learn is not fixed, but rather it can change with your effort.
This means you persevere when you fail because you don’t believe failure is a permanent state.
Have you seen your perseverance, or ‘grit’ start to bear fruit? Sharing your story would help others with their own grit, so please let us know!