The other day I discussed what I view as goal setting and the success (or personal failure) around goals.  I offered advice on “take it from someone who has been there” regarding writing down your goals and stick them in front of your face 24/7.  And whenever I get in a rut, and can’t bear the thought of continuing on reaching for that goal, or working hard towards whatever goal is currently in my face (like attempting to make this slice of interwebz bigger, building teams to quit my day job…) I always revert back to this Ted Talk.

I’m not really a fan watching videos online.  I’m more a fan of listening/podcasts.  (Cause I’m not a visual learner, but I’m a visual person…if that makes any sense…).  But this Tedtalk makes sense.  Not just because she talks about West Point (baby bro’s alma mater), or teaching, but because she mentions that “fixed versus growth mindset” I used to teach about.  That’s how I stumbled upon this talk.  And one thing led to another, I watched the video at least 50 times in a week, and started to believe in the power of grit.

Watch.  More than once.

Does any of it make sense?  Does her study make sense?  Does the concept of “grit” make sense?  I always gain inspiration from this talk.  Between trying to make sense of the intellectualism, and the application of the talk to your own life, can we grasp some sort of lesson?  Or am I just overwhelming you with too many questions?

I am a firm believer in the power of passion and perseverance.

To me, the most powerful few lines, (near the end of the talk) Duckworth states:  “We need to take our best ideas, our strongest intuitions, and we need to test them. We need to measure whether we’ve been successful, and we have to be willing to fail, to be wrong, to start over again with lessons learned.”  If someone had said this to me pre-2013 (since the talk was published April 2013…) I would have thought they were crazy.  Yet, with trial and error, with the persistence and the determination I have, I guess she’s right. We have to be okay with failure, learning our lessons, and starting over with the lessons applied to the next round of attempts.

Go, watch Angela Lee Duckworth again.  You’re going to have to.  Watch again and again.  And remind yourself, “We need to take our best ideas, our strongest intuitions, and we need to test them.”  Your ideas are valuable.  You are valued.  You have more ability than you think you do.  Go be gritty.  Dig deep, and always remind yourself:

Anything is possible with grit.


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Follow along on social media too- those accounts are always with me (since I am GLUED to my iPhone…), and they are a perfect reflection of just how scatterbrained and crazy this journey of life can really become…