Grit- (n) small loose particles of sand, courage and resolve; strength of character and (v) clenching (the teeth) to maintain resolve in the face of adversity.
Grit. The strength and persistence to go forward.
Last friday we went as a family to go see The Greatest Showman. I won’t give any spoilers here, but I will tell you that the movie will make you laugh, will make you cry and make you reflect. It’s about a man with a dream to be better, to have better, to love better- for himself, for his family, for his world. He was told no. He did it anyways. He failed a million times. He did it anyways.
All of these people-that we know now as success were failures at one time in their lives. Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Barnum and Bailey, Bill Gates, Bethany Hamilton, Jim Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Thomas Edison just to name a few. The failed. They had a dream, and it failed again, and again and again. They made is because they didn’t give up. They didn’t let failure turn them away.
I see this with my own children and in our adventures, if I teach them anything, I want to teach them to never give up, ever. If you dream it, you can be it.