Beginning way back in 1998 when I read the book “Adversity Quotient,” I’ve settled on the idea that one of the key determinants for success (beyond talent and skills, etc.) is RESILIENCE.
The ability to dig deep, leave it all on the field, never give up, push on in the face of tremendous odds.
For me, the Tough Mudder was just a practice run for that in real life.
The latest book to drive that home came to me courtesy of my wonderful (seriously) mother-in-law.
It is called The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Whyand provides anecdotes and evidence about why, ultimately, it’s resilience that matters when a disaster (9/11, Katrina, etc.) occurs.
Do you believe you will make it?
Have you thought about it in the past and previously practiced/convinced yourself that you will make it?
These are critical factors and traits I hope to instill in my kids. That’s why I was super proud when I saw Paco’s basketball camp report card…and the praise he got for pushing as hard as he did.
Shooting, dribbling, etc. All of that comes…but grit. That has to be cultivated.
And it seems like there is a good reason why.