On Grit’s Winning Power

Grit is one of the key ingredients of a life of success, a magical elixir that gives life and drive to the great leaders’ perseverance and commitment to their life’s purpose and meaning. Assuredly, they have skills, talents and knowledge that they acquire that distinguish them, yet there is something more. John Maxwell says, “In most cases, races in life, grit, many times, wins over best, because if you’re just the best doesn’t mean you have the tenacity to continue on. You might just live off of your gifts. And if you live off of your gifts, you’ll never accomplish what you can. Let grit take you where others just don’t go. Grit wins over giftedness.”

Dr. Angela Duckworth adds to this, “Consistency of effort, over the long run, is everything”. That consistency, she says, is found in grit, “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future day in, day out and not just for the week, not just for the month but for years. And working hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

An unknown author wrote: “Your dreams are on the other side of your grit.” Your grit is your raw, relentless endurance to never give up and to always be and find something more. Its evidence is found in  your courage, conscientiousness, perseverance,  resilience and passion. It is a marathon that you don’t want to miss, one that is beyond your wildest dreams. And the good part is that in this marathon, you don’t have to physically run. Life is so very good.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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2 Responses to On Grit’s Winning Power

  1. Chris Amoroso MD says:

    Thanks I agree grit and perseverance helps achieving a goal. If that goal is winning it helps even more. As an 87 year old past ultra distance competitor. What complemented my grit was a love of the journey, knowing I was never ever alone. My spirit was always with me leading the way, making my day. Chris

  2. Joseph FENNELLY says:

    Thank you. An excellent article in today’s New York Times discusses our stories in relationship to the pandemic. The author observed that we all have narratives and emphasized two: one redemptive, the other contaminated. It takes great grit to be a part of redemptive stories. It called for a national Marathon for us all to reach the goal post of dignity, respect for each other and mutuality.

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