Grit is the New Gatekeeper

“Curiosity, courage, and persistence are the new gatekeepers.”

James Clear shared this in his newsletter recently and ain’t it the truth. He was (in my interpretation, at least) explaining how it’s never been a better time to build something. If you can access the internet you have the education resources of a university and the distribution power of a media company.

However, the easier it is to get in front of people the harder it is to be noticed. The harder it is to get, and keep, people’s attention.

That’s where curiosity, courage, and persistence comes in. This isn’t a game of skill or talent. It’s one of grit.

Lots of people start things. Far fewer have the grit to continue through the dip, to show up when no one’s watching.


Taken in New York last fall. H/t to Stephanie Pellett for sharing this gem.