Josh Irby

Live from Sarajevo

True Grit’s Guide to a Grittier more Successful Life

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The idea of True Grit has been embedded in the American subconscious since the early days of its founding—gritty Pilgrims facing winter in the new world, gritty industrialists building a nation from the ground up, gritty pioneers heading west into the unknown. America was built on Grit.

In 1969, the concept played out on the big screen through John Wayne’s portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. Perhaps it is fitting the film was remade by the Coen Brothers in 2010 (my personal favorite). Grit is once again a topic of conversation.

What is Grit?

Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania researcher, defines Grit as “passion and perseverance for long-term goals.” Author Paul Tough describes it as “perseverance in pursuit of a passion.” However you define it, Grit seems to be something we all need to succeed in life.

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