Introduction to Grit

Introduction to Grit: What is Grit?

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word grit? Is it the lion that stalks it prey for hours in the blistering heat of sub-Saharan Africa, patient yet persistent, as it awaits the perfect time to strike? Is it a student who studies for hours day after day and sometimes into the night in order to understand a single concept? Maybe it's the athlete who gets up at 5am every morning and goes for a run in the dim glow of the breaking dawn, rain, wind, or calm, in pursuit of her fitness goals. All of these are examples of grit according to Angela Duckworth who simply defines grit on her website as passion and perseverance for long term goals.

As we read this book, Duckworth will walk us through in detail what exactly grit is (and isn't) and discuss the ways that we can become grittier in pursuit of the various goals we have in fitness and in life. We'll go through examples backed by research for how and why this particular trait is so important and common among people that we as a society have deemed successful. We will further gain tools such as Duckworth's grit scale to help us reflect on our lives and examine the practical changes that we can make to achieve our goals through the lens of this particular quality. I chose this book because I think that it will not only inspire us as we come into the new year with new ambitions and aspirations but give us some real-world tools to get after those new year's resolutions.

Discussion Questions

1. How would you define grit? What would you add to Duckworth's basic definition?

2. Who or what comes to mind when you think of grit?

3. What goals are you looking forward to tackling this year and how will you be gritty in your approach to reaching them?

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