Something I have valued my entire life is grit. Underlying grit is a belief that hard work pays off, that patience is a virtue, and that investing in yourself and others drives results. The foremost expert on the subject is the founder and CEO of Character Labs, Dr. Angela Duckworth.
Everything that Angela just stated validates one of my core beliefs - Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. But an important extension of that thought is that hard work needs to be sustained over time, despite opposition and setbacks, in order to realize its fullest potential. Regardless of the setting you find yourself in, I encourage you to adopt a more gritty mindset so that you can stop taking “No” for an answer and persevere in areas that matter to you.