#1428 Old School Grit

Backed by Modern Science

In our last couple +1s, I’ve been raving about Darrin Donnelly’s GREAT “Sports for the Soul” series of fables.

I plan to continue celebrating his awesomeness.

His books are astonishingly inspiring and equally packed with practical wisdom.



I recently moved “Celebratory” up to the very top of my Love Virtues in my Heroic Big 3 protocol.

I want to more and more deliberately CELEBRATE life and the amazing people I’m blessed to have in my life as I more and more fully embody my Identity as a “Joyful Soul Mate.”

Note: “Joyful Soul Mate” applies not just for my wife but also for my kids and team and YOU as I want to joyfully connect daimon to daimon all day every day.

Fun fact: The day I made that edit to my virtues (moving “Celebratory” to the top!), I sent an email to a new friend who is part of our community. (“Hi, J!” 👋 )

He’s a (goosebumps) (misty) super cool guy who is integrating and applying some of our Heroic ideas in a really cool way. I sent him an email telling him how much I appreciated and admired him.

He replied telling me how much he appreciated the email—saying that it was “hard to imagine receiving a more encouraging and spirit-lifting correspondence!”

Identity (JOYFUL SOUL MATE) driving Virtues (CELEBRATORY) driving Target Behaviors (Appreciate Someone + Micro-Moment of Awesome) for the Soul Force at 101-infused WIN! 🎯

That, my Heroic friend, is one way I’m using our app to move from Theory to Practice to Mastery.


Carrying on with our regularly scheduled programming…

Here are the quick links to Notes on all six books in Darrin Donnelly’s Sports for the Soul series: Think Like a Warrior, Old School Grit, Relentless Optimism, Victory Favors the Fearless, Life to the Fullest, and The Turnaround.

Today we’re going to talk about Old School Grit.

Let’s get to work.

Old School Grit features an NCAA basketball coach at the end of his career writing letters to his grandchildren on how to live a great life. As you can imagine, it’s all about helping us cultivate grit—of the OLD SCHOOL variety.

One of the reasons I REALLY enjoyed the series (and binge-read all six in a week! 😲 🤯 !) is because Darrin has a unique ability to tell a GREAT story WHILE connecting that story to SOLID scientific wisdom.

He tells us: “The people who achieve the most success in life are not those who somehow find a way to avoid making mistakes or encountering obstacles. No, mistakes and obstacles are an unavoidable part of life. The most successful people are those who are willing to keep moving forward after making mistakes. They find a way not to avoid life’s inevitable obstacles but to overcome them!”


OMMS, baby!

He continues by saying: “In a similar way, happiness doesn’t come from living a life free of adversity—a standard that is impossible to achieve. Rather, happiness comes from the contentment of knowing you have what it takes to overcome any adversity that will come your way.”


Sounds a LOT like antifragile confidence, eh?

Then Donnelly tells us: "With this in mind, it’s not surprising that psychologists now tell us that the secret to a successful and happy life is something called grit."

What’s grit?

Well, Darrin puts it perfectly: “Defined as willpower to persevere with passion and a sense of purpose, grit is what matters most in whether a person succeeds or fails. Numerous studies confirm that when it comes to achievement, grit is the difference-maker. Contrary to popular opinion, even a person’s IQ, talent, and upbringing takes a backseat to grit on the road to achieving one’s goals.”


That’s Today’s +1.

It’s time to cultivate our OLD SCHOOL GRIT as we move from Theory to Practice to Mastery, eating obstacles like energy bars and forging antifragile confidence as we give the world all we’ve got with purposeful passion and perseverance.

Day 1. All in.

Always. In all ways.


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