I love the word grit. It’s got texture, depth, and pluck.  And like most juicy words, it can be more than one thing. 

According to the Oxford Dictionary, grit means: 

1. Small loose particles of stone or sand.
2. Courage and resolve; strength of character.

Coco Chanel had grit. Harrison Ford, too. So does Angela Lee Duckworth, a name that you might not be familiar with but ought to know. Duckworth gave a powerful TED Talk called Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (her book shares the same title). 

Grit, says Duckworth, is about having stamina and sticking with your future over the long term. And working really hard to make that future a reality. 

Here’s the thing: grit can’t be measured on an IQ test, through physical feats, artistic talents, or the money you have in your bank account. Grit is a towering intangible. I would argue that grit is the most significant catalyst for personal and professional success

Grit is what drives me everyday and gives my life purpose. It’s what hard life lessons taught me and continue to teach me. Grit is what separates those who allow themselves to be reduced or defined by what has happened to them from those who choose a bold path forward. 

I’m no different than you. By which I mean YOU HAVE ALL the everyday magic and tools you need to strengthen your GRIT GAME. 

Try these three simple things that have worked for me: 

1. Believe.
2. Visualize a growth mindset. 
3. Stay Committed to the end goal. 

Reach out to me at nsharp@nancysharp.net or via social media and let me know what bold steps you’re ready to take.  Take one small step. And then one more. 

Nancy Sharp

Nancy Sharp

Award-winning author Nancy Sharp is a master of resilience and making bold change. As a top motivational speaker, she presents to corporations and organizations on resilience, change, and overcoming adversity. Nancy holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and authored the bestselling memoir Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living, recipient of eight literary awards, and a newer book for children and families called Because the Sky is Everywhere. Nancy is widely published in national media and lives in Denver, CO (how she got there is a story of resilience) along with her husband Steve, their four children, and adorable Havanese puppy Levi.
Nancy Sharp

Latest posts by Nancy Sharp (see all)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

clear formPost comment