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Now that I am feeling “Grit”-ty, why not also become a “Bad#ss”?
Last week I finished the awesome audiobook, discussed in several previous posts: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth (2016). As mentioned in previous posts, this book has inspired me to become more “gritty”. I want to have, as Wikipedia discusses “grit”, a “perseverance of effort” in overcoming of obstacles or challenges that get in my path!
Here is one of the closing quotes the author shares in her highly inspirational book:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.- Theodore Roosevelt
After finishing this audiobook about “grit” and being “gritty”, I dove right into listening to my next audiobook: You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincere (2013).
I know I might have said in the past that other audiobooks were my favorite “self-improvement”/”self-help” audiobooks of all time – BUT – this one is it – this IS MY FAVORITE SELF-HELP AUDIOBOOK OF ALL TIME. (At least for now!)
The audiobook is read by the author who delivers her narration in a stand-up comedian style. The book is VERY entertaining.
If you could not tell by the title, yes, she does swear a bit in the book (quite a bit of “f-bombs” are dropped) but she is a definitely “keeping it real”. She shares many truths with her listener and challenges you to see the obvious truths right in front of you that you are avoiding.
She also shares many funny and poignant personal stories about her journey and growth.
I am not sure how to summarize just how awesome this book is; but I am 3/4 of the way through as I have been listening to it non-stop. If you check out the reviews on amazon.com you will see that there are 1299 customer reviews with an average of 4.5 stars!
This book is very empowering and I love how she addresses excuses that we use not to achieve what we want in life. Here are a couple gems from the audiobook:
When you hang out with whiners, pessimists, tweakers, bleakers, freakers-outers and life-is-so-unfairers, it’s an uphill climb to keep yourself in a positive headspace. Stay away from people with tiny minds and tiny thoughts and start hanging out with people who see limitless possibility as the reality. Surround yourself with people who act on their big ideas, who take action on making positive change in the world and who see nothing as out of their reach. ~ Jen Sincero
It never ceases to amaze me the precious time we spend chasing the squirrels around our brains, playing out our dramas, worrying about unwanted facial hair, seeking adoration, justifying our actions, complaining about slow Internet connections, dissecting the lives of idiots, when we are sitting in the middle of a full-blown miracle that is happening right here, right now. ~ Jen Sincero
You are loved. Massively. Ferociously. Unconditionally. The Universe is totally freaking out about how awesome you are. It’s got you wrapped in a warm gorilla hug of adoration. It wants to give you everything you desire. It wants you to be happy. It wants you to see what it sees in you. ~ Jen Sincero
There are so many wonderful pieces of wisdom in this book, many of which we already know in our hearts but keep hidden from ourselves.
I am starting to feel like I am on my way to becoming a “Gritty Bad#ss”!
This is a follow up to my previous post Waiting for the Sunflowers – one of my readers asked me to share a couple additional photos of the two sunflower related quilts I had on the post.
Here is a better lit photo (taken outside) and a detail of the painted sunflower wallhanging I quilted (but I did not paint – it was a pre-painted panel):
And here is a photo of the entire “Ugly Sunflower Fabric Challenge” quilt, which I renamed “Cozy Sunflower Quilt” as it has a nice snuggly flannel backing to it (not very handy right now in the warm Summer but come Fall…)