Grit versus Talent

Grit or Talent…which one would you choose?

Ever had that repetitive debate with one of your old mates about aparticular topic? Mine is about what makes atheltes truly great is it genetics or is it determination? Given my science and sport psychology background, I believe it is both… but then the debate goes on to which one is more important?

Can people and atheletes become great at what they do if they have not been genetically blessed with the brains to learn advanced maths formua’s or have the vocabulary of an Oxford scholar? Can athletes be truly great in their sport if they don’t have the height, muscle disposition and the right type of muscle fibres that gives athletes the biomechanical advantage in that sport?

I believe they can, but genetics sometimes makes that path inlife that little ebit easier. Conversely if you have the genetics without the right mondset then you will be limited on how far you can potentially go in your career and/or sport.

There was a facebook post advertising the concept of “grit” the other day which caught my attention. The psychologist was copleting long term case stufies on students and adults on who were more lik;ey to be successful in completing school and advancing in their careers. It was explained that those who had “passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals.”..aka Grit, were more likely to achieve greater things.

Grit is the ability to persist in something you feel passionate about and persevere when you face obstacles. It is the mindset I was talking about. Several other psychologist and “self help”gurus have eluded to this theme- Stephen Covey z’what is your purpose in life”. ???? the art if not goving a ?? is about cahnelling your passion into you purpose in life.

When setting goals aprt from the generic MSARTER principle there are also the 4 p’s – Purpose, Plan, Passion and progress that keep us motivated and keeps us striving for what we really want in life. I heard somebedoy say the other day to their kid…”life isn’t always fair’. That’’s so true, sometimes things in life happen that are not fair, but if there is a way to refocus your attention to creating longeterm and meaningful makes life that little bit more bearable. Directing your passion and peservaerance to something you can control aka “locus of control” will perhaps give you peace to move forward in life.

Yvette Audet

Yvette Audet

Sport has been an integral part of my life, both work and personal. I grew up with sport, met my husband through sport and now as a mother, am involved more than ever in sport!

As a trainer and consultant in the industry I work with sporting groups and councils to create community facilities and partnerships aimed to increase sport participation.

I have created a range of articles from the perspective of a SPORTING MUM. The articles relate life skills and messages that we can get from being involved in sport. It’s uncanny how Sport can mirror life.


Involved in gymnastics, netball and athletics from an early age, Yvette experienced being part of a team as well as the unrelentless discipline in individual sport – in particular her Heptathlon days.

First became a mum in 2005 and remembers having the inner debate of how long should I play netball while pregnant? Doing quick breastfeeds in between netball games and hoping her uterus wouldn’t feel like falling out when she jumped for the ball.

Funny anecdotes aside, she has worked in the sport and recreation industry for almost 30 years and holds several certificates and degrees around the management and training of sport, community recreation, aquatics and fitness.

Through her various roles in profit and non-profit sectors, she has helped plan for programs, events and facilities to help get communities active through sport and recreation.