More On Resourcefulness and What It Takes – "Grit"

Angela Duckworth, who we introduced a few days ago in the Pete Carroll piece, noted when she was a teacher that her best performing students had  an ” extra something” that successful people know as Grit.

This  also has been described as ‘habitually doing something no one else is willing to do.’

Dr. Travis Bradberry has listed  attributes of folks who demonstrate grit. We have summarized his thoughts as they struck us as extremely beneficial.

1. ” You have to make mistakes, look like an idiot ,and try again without flinching.”

2.  A survey of 800 entrepreneurs  had 2 critical items in common.

          A. Decline to imagine failure.    B.  Tend to not care what people think of them.

3. You have to fight when you  already feel defeated. You must overcome the obstacles or they beat you.

4. You have to make the calls you are afraid to make.  “People that learn to make the tough calls stand out  like flamingos in a flock of seagulls.”

5. You have to keep your emotions in check.  Negative emotions challenge grit each step of the way.

6.  You have to trust your gut.  Look at decisions from every possible angle – go with what looks and feels right.

7. You have to give more than you get in return. By this I believe he means give “value”, not instant gratification.

8. You have to lead, even when no one else follows. It’s not as easy as it sounds.



9. You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that exceed expectations.

10. You must be accountable for your actions no matter what.

11. Be kind to people who are rude to you.  Do not stoop to their level.

12. Bringing it all together is rare and is important.

 In our core commitments we learned how important it is to read on a daily basis. My first acquaintance with Duckworth was in a Sports Illustrated article.  I ran across these steps from Dr. Bradberry because of the mention of Angela Duckworth.  I guess it is true that one thing leads to another.  My thanks to these fine educators for their contribution to my understanding.  We hope you received as much benefit as we did.

Until next time,

Lewis H. Fisher–thegardener

“ we sow, so shall we reap.”


10 thoughts on “More On Resourcefulness and What It Takes – "Grit"”

    1. It’s lonely out there in front, but someone has to lead. Might as well be you ( or me) or anyone that has the fortitude to pick up the baton. Thanks.

  1. Great post Lewis!

    Grit has been a reoccuring theme in my life lately, and the one thing I’ve learned is that the most powerful time for a human being is between impulse and action.

    If we can pause between an impulsive negative thought and the negative feeling it might give us, we can nip it in the bud =).

    Have an awesome day!

    1. Doug, thank you for reading my post. I believe it was Don Shula that said the most difficult part of the play is the start. Life is the same, it requires action in a timely manner.

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