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Thursday Thoughts: How Do You Create Grit?


Coach Sommer is a former US National Team gymnastics coach. The quote above is his advice to a student who, despite weeks of working on an exercise, had produced zero visible progress.


Over the last few months, I kept coming back to this quote. I found that, depending on what I was going through that day or particular season, different parts of the quote pulled at me.

Sometimes it was all I could do to just “show up, do the work, and go home.”


Other days it was the line on celebrating the “moments of triumph,” regardless of how small they seem.


These days, I challenge myself by asking if I’ve failed enough lately: “If you are not encountering defeat on a fairly regular basis, you are not trying hard enough.”


Lots of people have researched grit, what it takes to create grit, how to predict who has the most grit, etc. Some have suggested that it is a key determinant in who will be successful, more so than how smart or talented you are.

Every Cogent employee's continued perseverance is the very definition of grit. And with all that we face, it can be challenging to know exactly how to continue on, especially in these market conditions. How do you create grit exactly?

I encourage each of you to pick a line from Sommer's quote and to simply focus on that.


Are you "accepting less than your best"?


Are you caught up in the BS? If so, "no drama."

Which line speaks to you right now? Sound off in the comments below!

Want to know how gritty you are? Take the 10-question test here, and post your score in the comments. My own score is in the comments.

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