I love this article! Companies place so much on identifying high potential talent to exponentially grow their businesses but if mental toughness or resilience is missing from your assessment, then I agree that you are making a huge mistake.
From personal experience, I have attracted individuals with a lot of potential but who have ultimately lacked mental toughness and resilience and bailed out too early choosing an easier life instead.
There is a lot written about mental toughness but it is a hard area to probe at interview and be assured that the candidate has it. I would definitely recommend using such tools as Hogan to provide you with a thorough analysis of a person's behaviours.
Regardless if you’re an entrepreneur, athlete, coach, artist or politician, we all must overcome hurdles and setbacks at some point in our lives. These challenges can seem insurmountable, but what separates the successful, or at least those on their way to becoming successful, is their resilience and confidence, not talent. Some call it grit. But, it’s most commonly known as mental toughness. Over the past couple years I've realized that talent truly is overrated -- it's the mentally tough people who succeed in life. I've had to fight my way through losing a multi-million dollar business to starting another that is now thriving.