Grit to Great was a great book to kick off the year. A really short read that will inspire you with the stories of ordinary people who have endured, persevered and worked hard to accomplish extraordinary things. Co-authors Thaler and Koval also intertwine their personal stories of grit that produced a great advertising company.
Grit is defined in the book as “sweat not swagger, character not charisma, a methodical stick-to-itiveness and survival. Grit is the result of a hard-fought struggle, a willingness to take risks, a strong sense of determination, working relentlessly toward a goal, taking challenges in stride and having passion and perseverance to accomplish difficult things even in the most difficult circumstances.”
It is from this place of Grit in which Thaler and Koval guide the reader through their personal struggles, their personal successes and the stories of people that had to overcome many obstacles, struggles and set backs to get to a place where Great things happened. I also appreciated the Grit Builders (practical application) at the end of each chapter.
I did receive this book free on exchange for this review, but if you’re in a place where some Grit is required on your part it is worth picking up.