2.courage and resolve; strength of character.
Thirteen years ago on a winter night in November, I was forced to dig deep into my soul and find the kind of personal GRIT that no parent should have to find. The kind of GRIT that stops you from falling down into a dark hole and choosing to never, ever, crawl back out.
In the days that followed, I – we – celebrated an extraordinary life and buried a son. In my entire life, that will likely be the hardest thing I will ever have to do.
GRIT: courage and resolve.
And then, as the years passed, that GRIT quietly receded and sort of got lost. Well, not LOST lost. Just sort of lost. I forgot where I put it because I didn’t really need it. My life was okay; my work was okay (someone else made the hard decisions); my world bobbed along just fine for me. A hiccup now and then, but for the most part I let my life take the easy path.
The word GRIT came up again the other day and my immediate reaction took me by surprise. A lump-in-throat kind of surprise I did not see coming. One simple word and I was THIS (finger pinch gesture) close to tears. Memories run deep in this heart of mine.
A conversation with my friend and mentor Meredith revolved around entrepreneurship. Owning your own business – being your own boss – striking out on your own as an entrepreneur … it can be an incredibly rewarding career choice. It’s a terrific feeling to make the decisions and chart your own course! It’s awesome to have work that fits into your life rather than fitting your life into someone else’s plan.
Entrepreneurship is also HARD WORK. It takes GRIT, Meredith said. You need to dig deep and find your GRIT.
As entrepreneurs, we must be passionate. We must know in our gut that what we do, and what drives us, is absolutely essential to our entire Being. We put ourselves out there every single day. We have a hard week and we keep going. We get up every morning and are excited about the highs … and accepting of the lows. We SEE the future of our industry, and company, and ideas! It keeps us awake in the middle of the night! It’s hard work but SO WORTH IT!
GRIT: strength of character.
I’ve been thinking about GRIT for a few days now. Meredith’s version of GRIT. How it’s essential to entrepreneurship. How it’s essential to our lives.
Looking for some inspiration today, I reread an article about a friend of mine – a young woman who I admire. This girl has got GRIT. Buckets full of it. Mountains full of it. Her name is Elyse Saugstad. (She also has a terrific Ted Talk under her belt.)
Thanks Meredith. And thanks Elyse. For reminding me to find my GRIT again. To rise up, put it squarely on my shoulders, and let it guide me EVERY SINGLE DAY.