Living a brave life is not always easy; stumbling is inevitable. So how do we push forward toward the goals we feel give our lives meaning? By cultivating grit: the ability to summon inner courage and strength of character. Grit is that extra oomph needed to have faith in ourselves and where we are in our process of achieving our goals, even if our goals seem farther away than ever. It’s what fuels the endurance of painful and discouraging setbacks, giving us trust in our own capacities to persevere and the passion to keep striving.
With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.
I never thought I could make a career out of something I enjoyed doing something I was passionate about, something that gave me a voice, says Misty Copeland, who is one of the first African Americans to be a soloist with American Ballet Theatre.