The New Grit
By: Caitlin Cannon
Characterstics of the Gritty Person
Grit is often used to get through adversity; there is no need for grit without there being adversity. Grit and Adversity are like the opposite duo that can't live or exist without each other. There's many characteristics that make up a "gritty person". So here is your guide to fighting adversity with grit on your side.
Characteristics needed to face Adversity:
Dictionary Definition: The ability to do something that frightens one
Personal Definition:The ability to stay strong and get through things no matter how hard they are or how scary they seem to be.
Use of Characteristic:You have to be able to have the courage to get through the problems you are facing no matter how big or how small. Always remember that courage can run the whole show when facing adversity.
Dictionary Definition: The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.
Personal Definition: Handling difficulties easily. (Yes we all can do this, surprising I know.)
Use of Characteristic: Resilience is not always easy, it sometimes seems difficult to find. Though if you want say “I made it.” after a problem you have to have Resilience. Resilience is required during difficult situations. Having resilience is focusing on what you want to accomplish and trying to not let the other things bother you.
Dictionary Definition: Confidence in oneself and one's ability
Personal Definition: Believing that you can accomplish your goals, even if it's just generally believing in yourself.
Use of Characteristic: You have to believe that you can get through adversity. You have to believe in yourself, that you can get through the struggles you face. Self Belief isn't always the first thing that comes into your head when thinking of having grit. Though if you want to get anywhere in life you have to believe you can. Self Belief is also needed when facing adversity, you have to believe that you have the capability of getting yourself through situations.
Dictionary Definition: The fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.
Personal Definition: Getting through the problems you face and staying mentally strong through it, no matter how hard it is or seems to be.
Use of Characteristic:There's going to be good and bad days no matter what, though you have to stay mentally strong. Keep a strong head and you'll make it through. Mental Toughness and endurance both work together. Having endurance is not only meant for physical activities, endurance can also be helpful in mental activities. When facing adversity you have to keep going. Endurance can be used in adversity, by being able to last as long as possible until the problem is solved. Never letting yourself give up is having mental toughness and endurance.
Dictionary Definition: A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
Personal Definition: Being able to hope for a better day or future; dreaming of what can happen and empowering yourself to get there.Use of Characteristic: Hope. Hope is not just a silly thing for children's shirts, hope is needed to fight adversity. You have to be able to have the hope that you'll get through adversity.I can guarantee that with hope comes self empowerment to make that dream a reality.
The "Bounce Back" ball, is a popular symbol for representing Resilience.
Bethany Hamilton examples courage because she survived a shark attack, that toke one of her arms, and lived to tell the story. She still continues her impressive surfing career and now runs organizations to help others.
The Breast Cancer, and many other cancer signs, use the words "Hope for the Cure". Many representative ribbons for cancer have the words hope on them. Hope for the Cure. Hope for survival. Hope for the win.
Not your Grandparents Grit
Your 1950's Town
What a normal town at night would look like when our grandparents were growing up.
During War time in the 1940's families would commonly own and listen to the radio to listen to updates on the fighting.
Rosie the Riveter
Rosie the Riveter was commonly displayed during World War II. It reminded people that we can get through the war. As well as to get involved in the war effort. People got involved by woman working to build machines and children volunteering to pack things to send to troops. The country also rationed food and families learned how to survive only on what they need and being grateful for what they have.
Rosie the Riveter
Technology began to increase both in use and performance during the 2000's
The 9/11 Attacks
The 9/11 attacks run by a terrorist group known as Al-Queda sparked conflicts between the US and these terrorist groups. Which lead to wars with the Taliban, Al-Queda, and Afghanistan.
Hurricane Katrina and Sandy
These two hurricanes caused massive destruction that people of the coast are still recovering from today.