The Power Of Grit #PerfectNever

Working with Reebok the past few months has been incredible. I'm so sad that this is the end of the #PerfectNever campaign that I've been apart of with some insanely talented women like Gigi Hadid and Olympian Aly Raisman. 

It only seems synonymous that this campaign is wrapping up as I'm diving deep into a new book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.

There's something that comes to play every time I do an interview whether it's with a rising musician, or a multi-Grammy, or Oscar award winner, a striking resemblance in those that "make it," it's simple. It's their tenacity to not quit. Grit is not tangible, but something I can feel when interviewing new talent, either they've got the will to not quit, or the industry and the current of it's grueling standards will over take them.

Grit. It's the power of their grit. One word, and over 10 million views later via Angela Duckworth's TED talk, clearly grit means something.

To be "gritty," actually isn't all that exciting, in fact it can be terrifying. Grit can even be monotonous. Grit though outweighs talent in the long run. Grit is one of the most important factors that produces an outcome we all praise when we see the finished product. 

Duckworth explains, "Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality.  Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint."

Photography by  Katie Theis Photography

Duckworth describes in her book, "To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal. To be gritty is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise eight.” 

"Talent doesn't make you gritty." 

To truly be gritty, means we must fall. To be gritty means it will not be perfect. Grit in fact embodies #PerfectNever. Grit is not perfect, but grit represents the stamina to see through your goals, the outlier that puts stars on the map versus others. 

I don't know about you, but I want my life to be filled with grit, success too obviously, but if I know anything it's that it takes years of grit to equate to the success we crave, the long term value. 

Photo by Katie Theis Photography

Photo by Katie Theis Photography

This post is sponsored by Reebok. All opinions expressed are my own.

Photos by Katie Theis Photography (Who Braved THE SNOW, YALL!)

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