Kindness and Grit

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Date: 27/11/2018

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My daughter’s Grade 5 class did an “I Quote” project, using art to illustrate their own quote.  I was touched deeply reading Victoria’s quote.  She is a try-hard kid with a big heart and lots of grit.  Now we can start the debate…nature or nurture?

When I think of business leaders and the word grit, my friend Greg Sutton, a successful entrepreneur, comes to mind.  Upon meeting him, you would likely describe him as easy-going and friendly.  Going deeper, what makes him magnetic and a humble leader is that his kindness is anchored with grit

Some may think of grit as just toughness, but “grit” as described by Angela Duckworth means “passion and perseverance for long-term goals”.  If you haven’t seen Angela’s Ted Talk on grit(over 15 million views), give yourself a gift today and watch it. 

I believe grit is a skill you can build and develop, but its critical to have a growth mindset.  Victoria has a growth mindset and understands at a young age that talent will only get you so far in achieving success. 

For wonderful children books (Hansen kid approved) to nurture growth mindsets (and grit), here are a few recommendations, Inch and Miles The Journey to Success by Coach John Wooden and the Big Life Journal


Andrea Hansen B.Comm., CFP, GBA
Business Advisor

Taken and adapted from “Three Insights Learned from Greg Sutton”, Business Voice March/ April 2018

To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  To be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal.  To be gritty is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise eight.”

                                                        - Angela Lee Duckworth


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