People with grit have a hope that's based on drive and making things happen rather than mere luck. "Grit depends on a different kind of hope," University of Pennsylvania Professor Angela Duckworth explains in her book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. "It rests on the expectation that our own efforts can improve our future. 'I have a feeling tomorrow will be better' is different from 'I resolve to make tomorrow better.'"

Part of working toward a long-term goal is understanding that speed bumps, obstacles, and failures are inevitable parts of the journey. Embracing these as specific learning opportunities that strengthen our resolve and our ability to succeed, as we continue forward, allows us to achieve even greater success. Hope can turn setbacks into stepping-stones that help us reach greater heights. Learning to bounce back from failure can help you develop this unique kind of hope.

Without the effort to back it up, talent is nothing more than wasted ability. Focus first on cultivating the determination, perseverance, and passion that you need to make your journey successful, then just start moving. Your dreams will be in sight faster than you might believe.