Grit Matters

The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work

– Tiana, The Princess And the Frog

First Things First…

I apologize for the disappearing act! As you all know, I am a full-time MBA student and spent the last couple weeks focused on semester end projects and spring finals! As of yesterday, I am DONE with this semester and I look forward to spending some quality time with you all and these topics!

Things I Wish I Knew When I Was in My 20s

As I mentioned in my last blog post, Your Life Is Your Own, we are taking a stroll down the list of Frances Bridges 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 20“! Her second topic is all about “Grit is what counts” & I could not agree more!

Grit Matters

For those of you who may not know, Grit (in this context) means:

” firmness of mind or spirit unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger

Being in your 20s can be horrific. I have said it more than once in previous posts. It if full of new struggles and uncertainties. Some people may breeze through their 20s because everything is handed to them – key word some. Do not let this discourage you!

I am a 20 something that has not been handed anything and let me tell you I am so thankful! I would not have it be any other way because I have strived for all I have now. I experience joy when I pay my monthly rent because I earned that money. I was overwhelmed with self-respect when I purchased my new car off the lot because I earned that money.

I watch others live without having to worry about bills or transportation or food because their parents or other family members took care of it for them. It would be easy to be annoyed and upset about my circumstances verses theirs, but when the going gets tough, I have learned to survive.

I have learned that hard work is what gets you that promotion with respect from your colleagues. That hard work makes the difference between a job and a career. 20 somethings need to build GRIT because it will continue to help us get what we want in life the right way!

Drop The Mic!

I hope this post makes you reconsider your position in life right now. I hope it shows you that the struggle you may be experiencing or have experienced had a purpose – to build Grit in you. When you get your pay check, know that it was because of your hard work. When you get passed over for a promotion, know that it will come around again and hard work can make all the difference.

You got this!

2 thoughts on “Grit Matters

  1. De’Ja, loved this post and I agree. The 20’s are a time of self reflection and getting humbled a lot of the time. Since I graduated from undergrad in 2015, I definitely have ran into a solid amount of challenges that have pushed me to persevere and find solutions for. It definitely can be tricky, but if you have the right amount of want, desire, and grit, it is extremely rewarding to keep pushing and persevere through. Looking forward to reading more!


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