It begins with some quotes I'd heard before, but applied to this theme were powerful. "They keep inventing new ways to celebrate mediocrity." The Incredibles, and "You're not special..." David McCllough Jr. to the Class of 2012 graduates of Wellesley High School. The authors highlight the fact that "the whole self-esteem movement has been a flop, undermining the natural grit that this nation of immigrants brought with them in building a new life in a new land."
Declaring that failure is how we learn, Thaler and Koval define the four ingredients of grit.
G = Guts
R = Resilience
I = Initiative
The book is full of personal interest stories of people who succeeded against the odd with varying levels of grit. The book attempt to answer the question, "Why is it that some people have the grit and determination to succeed against all odds, while others do not? Research shows it's not about having nothing to lose; rather, it's about believe there is much to gain. In other words, grit speaks to our capacity for hope..."
Each chapter ends with a section called Grit Builders, little assignments to help build grit. I enjoyed it and recommend it for anyone needing an inspirational kick in the rear.
Do you know someone who embodies the idea of grit?