Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Grit to Great

When Blogging for Books offered up Grit to Great for review, I jumped at the chance.

This slim (under 200 pages) volume is a quick read and a gentle reminder that failure is not a stopping point but rather a new opportunity to begin. Other books in the same category (Success/Career Development) are much more heavy-handed. Grit to Great is more of a gentle reminder to stay the path.

Success takes GRIT—Guts, Resilience, Initiative and Tenacity—and I needed this lesson right now. After a year spent becoming aware of the things in my life, I realized that there was something missing from my path to success. That something is Grit. It's not enough to know how. Knowing what needs to happen isn't the same as making it happen. Success means getting dirty. Digging in, not skimming the surface. Being aware of what works and what doesn't.

Through a series of anecdotal stories about various people both famous and non-famous who are happily successful in their industries, Grit to Great is a reminder to the reader about how greatness happens. It's kind of like luck—most people find luck after lots of hard work. That's the grit.

My copy is now dog-eared and marked up. I've underlined and added marginalia and I keep my book in the car for those moments when I have a few minutes to give myself a reminder to keep pushing forward.

If you're looking for other great reads, Grit to Great is included in some great company on Inc.'s list of the 100 Best Business Books of 2015. Just what my burgeoning TBR pile needed.

Disclaimer: this book was sent to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are not for sale, and all opinions included in this post are my own.

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