019 Grit to Great

019 Grit to Great

019 Grit to Great.
By Linda Kaplan Thaler & Robin Koval    (160 Pages, 3 hrs 53 mins Audiobook) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⅓


“How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck, Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary.”




Grit  noun
Merriam-Webster Dictionary
1rough hard bits especially of sand
2: the strength of mind or spirit



Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to succeed in life? Well, like many others, you’ll find that you’re not alone, and millions of people have the same thoughts. Some attribute success to luck, relations, intelligence, or talent, but you’ll be surprised by how many successful people through history have made their way to the top, with just one special gift that helps them become winners.

 Many will describe this special gift as guts, tenacity, or courage; others might call it resilience, endurance, or will power, but in this book, the authors attribute that exceptional quality to GRIT. 

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, Grit is defined by 1: hard bits of sand that we find on abrasive materials like sandpaper, and 2: the strength of mind or spirit. And in both cases, we could use these analogies for success, first like sandpaper to smooth and polish our way to the top, and also to have the strength of mind and spirit to continue when we find obstacles on our road.

In “Grit to Great,” Linda Kapan Thaler and Robin Koval, founders of the Kaplan Thaler Group creators of the AFLAC Duck, and the Toys “R” Us” slogan, among others, explain the importance of having Grit to succeed.

And as they quote on their book Vince Lombardi’s famous quote:
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” They guide us through a teaching journey to develop our GRIT to make the impossible achievable.


Ten Lessons Learned


1.- Why Grit Matters or The Importance of It.

Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, you know them and their story, all of them have one thing in common. They weren’t the most gifted persons, but through perseverance and hard work, they became the best in their field.

2.- The Talent Myth or Talent vs. Hard Work.

We all remember that kid at school that without trying, passed every exam, while others had to dive into the book to get a good grade. And yet with all the talent, later in life if they didn’t put the hard work, sooner or later others would pass them. We have become a society of entitlement and conformity; we don’t encourage our kids to work harder, for fear of hearting their feelings.

3.- Ditch the Dream or How to Become a Doer.

Some talented people learned to get by without effort, thinking everything will come their way, so they keep dreaming about creating the latest idea for an App and become rich and famous, instead of putting the hard work. Other people instead strive for success and put the hard work necessary to become the best. 

4.- Lose the Safety Net or Taking Risks and Jump.

Afraid of taking a risk? We are all afraid at some time to do something challenging and take the first step into the unknown, but achievers take action even when there isn’t a safety net. Grit will help you to go outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself to do the work; just be sure not to take an uncalculated risk and lose everything.

5.- Get into Wait Training or Learning to Be Patient.

Success takes time, no matter who you are, learn to be patient, and adjust the way. Don’t feel discouraged; if you didn’t get the result when you planned, keep trying, and in the end, success will reward you. It’s not a matter of age or stamina, do your best always.

6.- Bent Like a Bamboo or How to Be Resilient.

No matter what you do in life, you can expect some failures, remember when you started walking, how many times you fell, and got on your feet again. It’s the same, no matter how smart, talented or hard-working, someday you’ll fail, but tell yourself, “I fail on this task, but I’m not a failure,” don’t let mistakes define you.

7.- Grit Has no Expiration Date.

You’ve heard it before, “The longest journey starts with one step,” the trick is to keep giving them one at a time, in the end, you’ll reach the finish line. Even if the result is not what you’ve expected, Take the good experiences and learn from the bad, then look for another possibility on how you can change the outcome towards your goals.

8.- Grit for Good or What Goes Around …

Always be generous, share the prize with the less fortunate. Giving brings joy to the receiver, the giver, and society. And afterward, it will come back to you multiplied by a thousand and increases your grit.

9.- A Wise Advice, Don’t be a Hermit.

Success tastes better when others surround you. Share your time and joy with your family; Spend time with your friends; Look for mentors and also mentor someone. Build a winning team and support each other.

10.- In the End.

To be successful, you need to work hard but be patient, to be resilient but not stubborn, to be passionate about what you do, to have dreams but not be a dreamer, and always be consistent. Remember, this is how you’ll transform Grit into Great.


This summary is intended for educational purposes, not as an alternative to the book.

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If you want to know more about the author, go to http://kaplanthalerproductions.com/ , https://truthinitiative.org/who-we-are/our-team/robin-koval

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