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Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness. –  John Ortberg

According to the book Grit to Great, written by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, success depends on the acronym of G.R.I.T..

G : Guts. You must be courageous in facing your challenges. You should not back down upon the first sight of obstacles. Be brave and take the bull by its horn.

R : Resilience. When things get tough, well, you just have to keep on going. Persevere on. One will always fail. Success belongs to those brush it off, learn from it and stand up once again.

I : Initiatives. Be a self-starter. Don’t wait until you are told to do something. Don’t always do the same thing. Be creative. View the problems with a new pair of lens, with a new mindset.

T : Tenacity. You have to be focused. Focus on the problem on hand. Don’t get lost in every and any other happenings around you. Stay focused and get the things done.

How do you apply G.R.I.T. in your life?



Batman Begins – Thomas Wayne

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. – Plato

It was a-decade old movie, a 2005 movie, starring Christian Bale and a whole cast of spectacular actors.

It tells the story of a lost man, of his quest in becoming the legend, of him facing his fears.

There are many memorable moments in the movie – played by many wonderful cast. In this post, the focus is on Thomas Wayne (played by Linus Roache). Seriously, this is not intended. My original focus is on Christian Bale – but that would be a post on another day.

“It’s okay. It’s okay. You’ll be okay.” Thomas said while reaching his hand out to the young Bruce when the child has fallen into the well.

Many a time, we face our deepest fear, our insurmountable stress. What we need is a reassuring word that things will turn out for the better. Who could do this better than a figure we all respect (and love) – like our parents, mentors, loved ones.

There is one more person – you yourself. To build the resilience, you need to muster the courage to say “It’s okay, you’ll be okay” to yourself, when you needed it most.

“Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” Thomas said to Bruce as he carried him to the bedroom. And this is echoed by the trustworthy butler Alfred later in the movie, when Bruce is paralyzed with doubt.

Make no mistake, failures will happen. It will happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

It’s a matter of when (time) and how (big).

When that really happens, all that matters is how we evaluate it, learn from it, and rise once again.

“Gotham’s been good to our family, but the city’s been suffering. People less fortunate than us have been enduring very hard times. So we built a new, cheap, public transportation to unite the city.” Thomas told his young son while on the trip to the fateful opera.

In many situation, we would always find people less fortunate than us. The poor, the orphan, the sick.

As we strive in making our lives better off, never do we forget the less fortunate ones.  We give back to the society of the blessings that we have.

We give it back. We pay it forward.

Not as a single-time contribution, but of consistent effort in making the world a better place to live in.

As a parting word for this blog post, ask yourself these questions:
Did you give reassuring words to others, and to you yourself, when it is need most? “It’s okay”
Did you learn to pick yourself up after each fall?
Did you give back to the society?

It’s time to make a change – for you yourself, for your loved one, for the world.