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Monday Morning Motivation – Grit

By: Curt Stowers

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Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day.

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


In 1975, John Wayne won his only Academy Award in the film Rooster Cogburn. The character he portrayed had been introduced in the 1969 movie True Grit. Anyone familiar with the western film genre, would have no doubt that, if John Wayne played the role, the character had grit!

Interestingly, while many people speak about grit, I have never really heard someone define it. In my mind grit is made up of a combination of passion, perseverance, self-regulation, the ability to delay gratification, resolve, and resilience. It’s a push-through, can-do attitude that won’t let anything stand in its way of accomplishing the task at hand. This combination of traits is—in my opinion—something that we would all be well-served to possess.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Do you have grit?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning 

Have a great week!



About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that at least one person will find a bit of inspiration and that this inspiration will have a positive impact on their life. My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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