I recently finished Angela Duckworth’s book called Grit, and enjoyed it so much that I immediately hopped on Youtube to watch her TED Talk. I then found myself questioning my own grit and of those around me. When thinking of one’s grit, I think of excellence. Excellence is what we strive for at Imagine. Excellence is an attitude. It’s also the courage to face failure with the willingness to improve and be better. Grit is not about natural talent or IQ, it’s a mentality that there is always a better way, and having the willingness to find it.
The 2017 PGA Championship began Monday in Charlotte, NC, our hometown. It’s the final major golf tournament of the year, bringing the top players together for major competition. The winner won’t be the most naturally talented, the winner will likely be the grittiest.
These 3 women have grit, their own unique blend of passion and perseverance, to do what they do well. Regardless of talent and intelligence, these women are constantly driven to improve, trailblazers in their own right. When asked about being a trailblazer, Dana Rader stated, “When one door closes you can crawl through a window.” Rosalyn added, “Fear forces me to prepare. If it doesn’t work, the world is still spinning. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. We learned something, then we move on.”
I believe grit and excellence go hand in hand. Prior to attending that breakfast event, I watched my daughter’s first dance recital. While her class’ performance was as cute as the 4-year-old twirling ballerinas in their pink tutus, the dance school’s competition team actually blew me away. These girls and boys, ages 5-18 rocked that stage. They were in tune with every turn, twirl, and facial expression. They were on point, completely choreographed and executed with excellence. These dancers offered such an impactful performance, I left that auditorium wondering how I could use that stage and their performance as my guide.
We all have a role; we all have a job. Each and every one can be rehearsed over and over again, fine-tuned for everyday tasks or for that major performance, that sales pitch, that conference call, that big meeting. Then, it can be improved, critiqued and adjusted some more.
Do what you do and do it well, whatever that might be.