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Mental Fortitude – Why True Grit Creates Success

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why true grit creates success

Why do only certain people succeed while others don’t? Is it because they got lucky? Is it because they came from money? Or is it something else? How does true grit create success?

I think all of these questions play a role in someone’s success. I was listening to a podcast the other day that was discussing how our society thinks of this term “success.”

They had people defining it by saying the obvious “Success is a term that you define yourself it isn’t monetary”. Blah, blah, blah – but then they had a researcher who has studied and published papers on people who have reached success and what makes them different.

People of all kinds – billionaires of tech companies, managers of hospitals, political figures, and a couple of others.

They all had one thing in common… true grit.

I like to define grit as mental fortitude because it basically comes down to the idea that you can with stand anything that comes at you.

True Grit & Mental Fortitude

The researcher concluded a couple of things but one stuck out because I run into it almost on a DAILY basis and that is true grit.

In every case the super successful had a commonality. They each told a story about how people thought they were crazy or their ideas made no sense and would never be successful. They built walls within their minds that allowed them to persevere through all the low points in life.

For me, almost every day someone tells me I can’t do something in which I say, “Watch me.” These people will never go away and too often they are the closest ones to you.

They will try and poke holes and create doubt, but understand with every innovation comes doubt.

We as entrepreneurs are thinking in ways the average person cannot comprehend because they have accepted the way the world works and choose not to question it. We question everything.

Surrounding Yourself With Others

Building mental fortitude takes effort and often times leads to surrounding yourself with new people.

Don’t be afraid to take a leap on yourself even if people around you think it’s crazy. Those sometimes are the best ideas!

And if that’s the case please call me so we can make a pile of cash! Stay tuned for my next post where I talk about creating your own opportunity. Is opportunity just dumb luck? Or can you create it?

Join me on the pursuit of happiness.



  1. mckenna bleu
    June 27, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    I absolutely love this! This post is great! Thanks for sharing!

    • June 28, 2017 / 10:40 am

      Thanks for reading, Mckenna!

  2. Bella Bucchiotti
    June 27, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    My momma always said there is no such thing as luck. You get what you work for…never give up until you make your dreams come true. I am trying!

    • June 28, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Bella, my mother was the same, there is no such thing as luck, you totally get what you work for. Thanks for reading!

  3. June 28, 2017 / 8:50 am

    I think true grit is so under estimated. Also a lot of people think they have it and then when it gets down to the wire…they just don’t. Love this post!

    • June 28, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Thank you , Katherine! It is definitely underestimated, but it is so important!

  4. Christine Martinez
    June 28, 2017 / 10:51 am

    I definitely can tell my lack of grit last year and then starting this year on a mission. So much has changed and developed me into a stronger, determined, and unfearful person.

    • June 29, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Christine, way to go! I am so happy for you and look forward to seeing your success.

  5. Sophie
    June 28, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    So underestimated, yet so so important. I think grit comes with age and experience!

    • June 29, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Age, experience, and practice! Thank you for reading!

  6. Daynna Hartjes
    June 28, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    This. I can’t even tell you how much this post resonates with me. Thank you so much for sharing, it’s really comforting to know that others are going through similar experiences and they’re being successful!

    Daynna Hartjes | A Daynna Life

    • June 29, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      The grind is real and its comments like this that keep me going! Thank you for reading!

  7. Carly Ned
    June 28, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    True grit is really underestimated. I love your definition of it too!

  8. June 28, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Definitely agreed! I would just add not being afraid to fail! People who have succeeded usually have failed a million times prior. Great advice!

    Cassie’s Big Adventure

    • June 29, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      I agree! Failure is just a milestone on our path to success.

  9. June 28, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    You brought up so many good points in this post. I don’t think most people realize that building mental fortitude often times leads to surrounding yourself with new people.

    • June 29, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      So true! The people you surround yourself with are the people you tend to become.

  10. June 28, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    I agree grit and resilience are two qualities “successful” people share. I also think it can be practiced, learned, and strengthened.

  11. June 28, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    I needed to read this! Sometimes I feel like I do everything I want. And others… I’m a failure. Or when people makes you feel like that with just one look.

    xx, Melissa

    • June 29, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Don’t let those people get to you! I believe that you have to prove them wrong by just being successful. Go get it!

  12. June 28, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I needed this post more than I can say. I go in and out of feeling successful, and right now I’m kind of in the out stage. I agree that surrounding yourself with people is definitely a huge part of success.

    • June 29, 2017 / 7:48 pm

      Tiffany, I am happy that this post was able to lift you up a little bit! It’s hard to always be the strong person. Its also okay to feel down every once and a while. It’s how you rebound that makes the difference.

  13. Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew
    June 29, 2017 / 5:20 am

    So inspiring as I begin a full day of firsts. I need to take the advice more often

  14. June 29, 2017 / 6:13 am

    You had some great advice in this post! I think it’s so important to surround yourself with others who will lift you up and motivate you.

    • June 29, 2017 / 7:49 pm

      Motivation is key! Thank you!

  15. June 29, 2017 / 9:06 am

    It’s so hard to stop thinking of societies version of success but I love what you said about grit! Surrounding yourself with positive people is really important and it definitely helps my mental state when I’m around positive, uplifting people!

    • June 29, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      Success is one of the most subjective terms I have ever encountered! It means totally different things to people so when you find yours, forget everyone else! Positivity helps a lot! Thank you for reading.

  16. June 29, 2017 / 9:09 am

    Such great advice! Surrounding yourself with a support system is definitely key to nourish those “crazy” ideas and really help you grow!

    • June 29, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you! Crazy sometimes leads to massive success!

  17. June 29, 2017 / 9:53 am

    What great advice! I always say ‘surround yourself with those who lift you up!’

    Alix | apintsizedlifeblog.com

    • June 29, 2017 / 7:52 pm

      Thank you! It’s so important to surround yourself with like minded people who push your limits!

  18. June 29, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    This was so filled with incredible, uplifting advice.

    • June 29, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you for reading! More to come!

  19. mQs
    June 30, 2017 / 10:04 am

    The people you surround yourself with definitely make a huge difference!

  20. Kristine Circenis
    June 30, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    I love how more and more people are talking about grit – you raise a great point. Rather than being discouraged by a wall others try to stick you behind, break it down and SHOW them!

  21. July 2, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    This was such a great post! I always love hearing people’s success stories and their obstacles because it reminds me I can succeed too!

    The Blush Blonde