True Grit, Not Grind

When I first started hearing people talk about “grit” in relation to what makes people successful, it raised my hackles. I was immediately resistant to even hearing about the concept of grit Angela Duckworth offers in her book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. I was resistant because I associate “grit” with “grind.” I think of “grin and bear it.” “Suck it up, buttercup.” “No pain, no gain.” All that stuff. I also ASSumed that her book would tell me that I didn’t have enough grit, and I wasn’t really interested in hearing it. So it’s a good thing that’s actually NOT what Angela Duckworth means. In short-short, Duckworth defines grit as “passion and sustained persistence applied to

The Problem(s) With Trying to Figure Out What to be When You Grow Up

When I was seven, I wanted to be a writer. The older I got, the less I knew what I wanted to be, and the more stuck I got. I spent years trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I kept getting stuck because I was terrified of getting it “wrong.” I only had a vague idea of what I wanted, and since what I wanted didn’t seem to exist, I stayed where I was until I couldn’t stand it any longer. (Being a life coach wasn’t a “thing” when I went to college.) If it turns out we don’t like what we chose, it can seem daunting to change jobs or industries or careers. And if we have a house and kids, then we’re really under the gun to make the bad career work OR, if we’re going to make a ch

You're Not Broken; You're Human

You’re not broken, you’re human… BUT until you break, you can’t be free. I know, I know, it’s a paradox. Let me explain. Hang in there with me and I promise it will be worth your while. What I’m trying to say is this: Our ego (and society, culture, Facebook, etc.) wants us to believe we are superhuman—that we should be able to work full-time (or more), be a great parent, have a great family, be in shape, serve our communities, and be politically engaged. Oh, and have friends. And hobbies and other outside interests. Oh, and you know, be spiritual. It’s a lot. Until we recognize that we can’t meet all the ego’s expectations, we won’t be free. In my experience, we don’t let go of the ego’s mis

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