18 December 2013

The Getting of Grit

The acquisition of grit, strength of character, was a crucial aspect of my upbringing. I was raised to be an independent thinker. Naturally, there were moments when I desired to be merely one in a crowd. That route, the one more traveled, seemed easier. But indifference for others' opinions of me shattered any chance I had of being in the majority.

I form my own opinions without any regard for political correctness. I argue using evidence to support my claims. If I were a politician, you would never see my stance sway. Lukewarm, I am not.

I do not understand how one expects to have the courage of one's convictions, if one does not have any convictions. "It's not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are," said Roy Disney. Making a decision and seeing it through with perseverance stems from strong character.

Like the foundation of a building, grit is so significant to success. 
M.J.W.

2 comments:

  1. love Ted talks! this is a good one!

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  2. Amen.

    It's always a bummer when I see someone too afraid to stand up and say what's what. I can't help seeing it as them letting the rest of us down -- those of us who know that there are already too many idiots out there who are unafraid to speak stupidity and lies. It's just unconscionable to let intelligence and truth go unspoken.

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