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A Gist of Grit. . .

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A Gist of Grit. . . 


I recently put aside a book. I had finished reading it but wasn’t exactly through with it.  Maybe you know what I mean - maybe not.  Some things stay with me.


I read a lot.  This and that. Admittedly, I sometimes skim - skipping through a story.  I certainly miss things. 


I also return to re-read.  Review.  In part. And then some. This time, the book Grit The Power of Passion and Perseverance written by Angela Duckworth captured my attention.  Aura Alex first mentioned it in a post written in December. 


I commented then that her post prompted me to reserve a copy from my local library. The book shares examples of grit as well as thoughts behind the trait. While informative, there was still much to make me think. That seems always to be the case for me even as I attempt to avoid always and never.


PS: There is a Ted Talk presentation too. It's also very good. And after all, each of us absorbs information in different ways.



The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com.  



Posted by

Michael Jacobs


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Comments (24)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Michael... if you read the "basic" definition of grit, you know if you have it. Now you've got me thinking about ordering this book. As for the use of words like always and never... I'm always telling people not to say never or always unless they mean longer than 100 years.

Jan 29, 2023 05:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib I've always loved how the King in King and I say "tis a puzzlement."

Jan 29, 2023 11:01 AM
Michael Jacobs

Nina Hollander, Broker - I seem to always get stuck in some way whenever I choose to use never.  Or always for the matter.  It's a conundrum - another favorite word.  

Jan 29, 2023 05:49 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker i love the word conundrum!!!!!  

Jan 29, 2023 10:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Michael Jacobs hi Michael... do I feel a post coming on about the word conundrum? :)))

Jan 29, 2023 06:00 AM
Michael Jacobs

Nina Hollander, Broker - nothing planned until you planted that seed.  Sometimes posts sprout although there is an overabundance of weeds too.  Oh, that damn plot. . .   

Jan 29, 2023 06:04 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, should check out this book, sounds interesting.   I do use always and never on occasion, but will have to think about it next time.

Jan 29, 2023 06:41 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - I "catch" myself using the words "always" and "never" a lot.  My fumbles and overall clumsiness deserve more than a few penalties.  Now is that a situation of mixed metaphors or some other odd sports reference I should avoid?   

Jan 29, 2023 07:08 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Michael,

I remember Aura Alex mentioning the Angela Duckworth book in her December post. I even  thought about downloading that book on my Kindle and now that you took the time to retrieve this book, I may have to make it a reality!  I've learn to  avoid the two words: always and never. You just never know what might occur, things change, time changes and perspective changes.

Jan 29, 2023 06:50 AM
Aura Alex

Thank you, Dorie Dillard Austin TX, for the mention. It's the kind of book I keep going back and reading again.

Jan 29, 2023 09:17 AM
Michael Jacobs

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - you really don't know when those two words can come back.  Talk about a combination of haunting and daunting.  Yikes!

Jan 29, 2023 07:10 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

"... I'll get back up. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I'll strive to be the grittiest." - Angela Duckworth.

Hi, Michael. Thank you for the mention of my post that led you to read the book about Grit. I am a TedTalk subscriber, and I listened to Angela Duckworth talk before learning about her book.

Her passionate storytelling writing style resonated with me as I recall some of my conversations with my father before my trip to the US. He was worried about how I would survive in a foreign land when all I had was my passion. When I went home after college, my father didn't question me about how I came through; he just said, "I'm proud of  you." Duckworth's father said the same to his daughter!


Jan 29, 2023 09:35 AM
Michael Jacobs

Aura Alex - I remember the experience Duckworth mentioned about her father.  Some of the other examples in her book are memorable as well.  The Ted Talk which I saw after reading the book is a good accompaniment.   

Jan 29, 2023 10:23 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Michael,
I need to add this book to my list. I wonder if it's on Audible. I'll check. It should be a good road trip listen.  I enjoyed the TedTalk and will say some of my greatest lessons (and successes) have come from failing. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 29, 2023 09:40 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Michael Jacobs 
I think "grit" can definitely apply to golf. I've gritted and ground my way through many a round! 😂

Jan 30, 2023 11:11 AM
Michael Jacobs

Carol Williams - I am sure of it.   

Jan 30, 2023 12:10 PM
Michael Jacobs

Carol Williams - although an example of grittiness does not come to mind that relates specifically to golf, there are other "hole in one" moments that are equally as memorable.  I am glad that our weather is cooperating better at least temporarily while you continue your California visit.   

Jan 29, 2023 10:28 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Michael, Knowledge and hard work is a good combination, I have thought for a long time that aptitude tests are not the real measure of ones potential. I like skill and achievement!

Jan 29, 2023 09:53 AM
Michael Jacobs

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - the author's experience in the classroom proved to be a test in many ways.  And I say, the winners were unexpected.  

Jan 29, 2023 10:30 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I especially enjoyed the comments with Brian England regarding your past wrestling days.

Jan 29, 2023 09:58 AM
Brian England

Haha, Sharon Tara it is apparent from that photo that Michael Jacobs is a better wrestler than me.

Jan 29, 2023 04:44 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

OMG, Sharon Tara, I couldn't have written a description of your talents better than the one Michael Jacobs wrote. KUDOS to you - you are AMAZING!

Jan 31, 2023 06:21 PM
Sharon Tara

Brian England  Who knows? The tide could turn at any moment. Think positive!

Debe Maxwell, CRS  I appreciate that, thank you!

Feb 01, 2023 08:55 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - not just a HaHa moment but another OMG PhotoShop Princess Priceless Piece de Resistance.  🤣

Jan 29, 2023 10:33 AM
Sharon Tara

Michael Jacobs You certainly have a way with words!


Jan 29, 2023 11:49 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Congratulations! You've been Featured in the BananaTude Group.

Jan 29, 2023 10:03 AM
Michael Jacobs

Carol Williams - thank you.  I appreciate it.  

Jan 29, 2023 10:34 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Michael now you've got me pondering - again!  For years I was a voracious reader, probably since grade school. Enter in the blogging age and the reading continued, just in a different form.  I do miss reading.books so much- kind of.  I am also excited about listening to the TED talk you suggested.  Good Sunday Afternoon! And...thanks!

Jan 29, 2023 10:12 AM
Michael Jacobs

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker - I know what you mean as time and stuff merge in many different ways.  That's why I mentioned the TedTalk - not as a substitute but as another way to introduce the author's thoughts on the topic.  Enjoy.   

Jan 29, 2023 10:37 AM
Michael Jacobs

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker - I am glad to read you enjoyed the Ted Talk.  

Jan 29, 2023 03:33 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Hi again Michael I just had time to watch her TedTalk. Love it.  As a teacher of kids (and adults) I could so relate to those that simply have that tenacious GRIT and those that just don't or don't seem all that interested(for whatever reason). My goal was to find a way to inspire them, to in a way, teach them about the 'why' of figuring things out and sticking to them is such a cool thing.  Make it fun for them.  I generally had good results with making things fun and group involvement.  It will be fun to watch more about what Angela learns along her GRIT journey with kids!

Jan 29, 2023 12:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael- now how am I supposed to comment after seeing Sharon Tara's treasured photo of you and Brian England ?!  Who won??  I love how basic the word grit is and what it means. And if at the end of my days someone said I had grit, I would be happy with that. 

Jan 29, 2023 10:51 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

LOL I thought the same thing Kathy Streib !!!!

Jan 29, 2023 12:30 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - I haven't acquired a taste for grits.  Grit on the other hand has a certain appeal.   

Jan 29, 2023 03:30 PM
Aura Alex

"..there is an acronym G.R.I.T.S meaning Girls Raised in the South and often when I think of southern women including Texans, one of the key traits is their grit...their determination to thrive, and survive." Kathy Streib 

OK, Kathy, "You Have G.R.I.T.S" 

What goes around comes around! 😊


Jan 29, 2023 12:32 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I was once a very avid reader even as a kid with the flashlight under the sheets. I am getting back into it and am disappointed in myself for putting it aside for so long.

Jan 29, 2023 06:12 PM
Michael Jacobs

Ed Silva - there is so much competition for our time.

Jan 29, 2023 06:29 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael,

I know one thing, YOU have grit.  I have not read many books.  I spend most of my free time gardening or just vegging out.  I admire those who read books. 

Jan 29, 2023 06:34 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - I like to think I have experienced moments of grit but I am unsure if I qualify for full-time status.  I do thank you for that compliment though.  Like so many things in life it's a work-in-progress. 

Jan 29, 2023 06:41 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Michael, for telling us about this book and the Ted Talk.

I'm reading novels this week.

Jan 30, 2023 05:29 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - although it is not yet daybreak in SoCal as I reply to your comment, I can hear precipitation.  It is likely to be a rainy day and one with some reading involved too.  

Jan 30, 2023 05:36 AM
Roy Kelley

We have a sunny but chilly morning in Maryland. I will be going to the rehab facility to visit Dolores today and will do some reading this evening.

Jan 30, 2023 05:39 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - I hope Dolores' recovery continues.     

Jan 30, 2023 05:48 AM
Roy Kelley

It is a difficult process at our age.

Jan 30, 2023 05:49 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It seems like reading a good book is just the beginning.  I was just re-reading a section of Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell, last night.  I was trying to firm up a post that I want to make for this month's challenge.  The problem may be that I have remembered that section incorrectly.  We will see if I can overcome the obstacle.

Brian England cracks me up.  At least he didn't add some silly #, like #NoPickleballForBrian.  That would be unfortunate.  😉

Jan 30, 2023 09:42 AM
Michael Jacobs

Ray Henson - I remember reading that Gladwell book.  He is known to me as an author who presents more than a few obstacles along the way to fully understanding.  Good luck with your post - it's an opinion after all, an impression of what the book meant to you.  

Jan 30, 2023 09:54 AM
Michael Jacobs

Ray Henson - that's a credit to him and his writing style.  It obviously connects with you.  Obstacles and all.    

Jan 30, 2023 12:09 PM
Ray Henson

For some reason, I really like his style, Michael Jacobs.  Maybe it is because he does leave a few obstacles along the way.  I was recently on a long flight and watched all his master classes on writing.  It would put many people to sleep, but I really enjoyed it.  It made the flight go by quickly.  The ironic thing is that I find myself viewing the world in a very different way than he does.  Funny how that works. 

Jan 30, 2023 10:37 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You have prompted me to pull out my dusty library card and reserve a copy. I am second in line when it becomes available Michael Jacobs 

Jan 30, 2023 10:15 PM
Michael Jacobs

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - when you get the opportunity to read it, I hope you enjoy it.  

Jan 31, 2023 04:27 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael, as I mentioned earlier, I used to be a reader now I am just a book collector, Diane still reads so pretty soon as real estate will slow I will become a book seller...

seriously my middle name is Perseverance and I am very passionate about it too, Endre

Jan 30, 2023 10:46 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - I wasn't aware of your middle name so thanks for letting me know.  

Jan 31, 2023 04:29 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Michael! I love this post and now, I'm definitely going to get that book. LOVED the Ted Talk and agree with her assessment of what makes children (and adults) successful. I've written about character & tenacity in the past and I believe the description of grit is woven somewhere between and within those two.

Jan 31, 2023 06:25 PM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I can see how grit could play a part in an AR post about life in the real estate industry.  

Jan 31, 2023 07:14 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Good recommendation, Michael, especially if one is working on Life's challenges and finding some difficult parts of the road.  In order to achieve and succeed, put in that
perseverance, discipline, consistency and passion.  

Feb 01, 2023 09:10 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, you always do posts where you have to think about things after you read it! 

Feb 02, 2023 08:42 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - I admit that I continue to think after posting some, maybe most, of them too.  

Feb 02, 2023 08:46 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Sounds like a book I need to put on my "borrow from the library" list.


Feb 02, 2023 08:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeff Dowler, CRS - a "trip" today to a post by Wayne Martin prompted me to revisit some of my own.  And I found your comment that has been unacknowledged and not replied - sorry about that mishap.  

Anyway, the library habit is one I left for many years.  I "returned" there a few years ago on a regular basis.  It can be a good place to find inspiration and all sorts of other stuff.  Thanks for the comment although my response was "overdue".  

Feb 26, 2023 06:36 AM