Ganbaru (頑張る, lit., stand firm), also romanized as gambaru, is a widely-used Japanese cultural concept. It roughly means to slog on or stick to it through tough times. Ganbaru implies a kind of hard work which is defined by Japanese culture.
The word Ganbaru is often translated to mean "doing one’s best". In practice, it means doing more than one's best. The word emphasizes working with continued effort despite difficulties, failure, or distraction. The term means "toughing it out".
Ganbaru means to commit fully to a task and to bring that task to an end.
Ganbaru means an active process of doing something. It contrasts with a passive process.
The term ganbaru developed from the related concept of gaman.
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