Grit, the stubborn refusal to quit. Now granted, sometimes you just have to know when it’s time to quit, but for the most part good old fashioned grit is what gets us through the bumps and challenges of life. The bigger the challenge, the more grit required. Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of grit quietly but so importantly play out around the world.

Sometimes it gets lost in the flood of news about sadly comedic and destructive world leaders, kittens in Facebook feeds and the daily rush of life in general, but it’s there, large as life and begging to be recognized.

And what makes up grit, that stubborn refusal to give up?

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  • Guts
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Tenacity

And that’s why people with grit tend to win. They stay the course. They get back up. They adjust and most importantly they get it done and they inspire along the way. If they have to get a little dirt under their finger nails or make waves here and there, they do.

In her best selling book Rising Strong, Brené Brown says,

Embracing the vulnerability it takes to rise up from a fall and grow stronger makes us a little dangerous. People who don’t stay down after they fall or are tripped are often trouble-makers. Hard to control. Which is the best kind of dangerous possible. They are the artists, innovators, and change-makers.

As I look around my own little world and when I listen to It’s All Good Radio Show each week I am amazed by the everyday people who exemplify grit at it’s finest.

Megan Rose Taylor, an amazing young woman who sustained a head injury which causes her to faint numerous times a day.  What did she do? Entered the Three Peaks Challenge and reached the summit of all three mountains. She has helped veterans, trained her dog Ruby to qualify to be her assistance dog and the pair are favourite visitors at local senior homes. That’s just the beginning.

There’s Wayne Dixon and his dog Koda who are committed to cleaning up the beaches of the UK from all the trash and plastic that comes to rest there. And he’s inspiring others to join the effort.

Orly Wahba, founder of Life Vest Inside, creator of the viral video The Kindness Boomerang and author of The Kindness Boomerang, is a person who has changed my life and others around the globe. She shows how small, genuine acts of kindness by everyday people, performed everyday can profoundly change the world for the better.

Polly Higgins, ecological lawyer and author is determined to advance the international crime of ecocide. Polly is guided by the principal of “first do no harm” and is involved in Mission Life-force a platform to fund ecocide law and to protect activists.

Age isn’t a factor when it comes to grit. Take Zach, “a small dude with a big love of nature” who writes about his nature hunts and what he finds. Zach says, “I’m always looking for new things and love learning about the world around us.”  Zach’s blog A Year of My Nature Hunting just celebrated it’s third year.

Then of course two of my favourite people, Debbie Hyde and David Durant, of this wonderful weekly 2 hour show called It’s All Good Radio Show on Riviera FM.  They share stories about people, businesses and organizations who are changing the way we live and work for the better.

And there’s me, Rise Like Air, conspiring to inspire through the celebration of hope. Sharing stories of people rising above challenges, and actually embracing what might even seem impossible.  And thanks to Debbie and David of It’s All Good, I now get to conspire to inspire with them as well.

These are the kind of people who dare to speak up, stand up and challenge the way we think, the way we do things, and even what we believe. These people have true grit. These are the people that keep getting up, keep believing and keep doing even when others laugh at them, question their sanity and take the time to explain every possible reason why what they are doing won’t work, can’t work and even maybe shouldn’t work.

It is these very people who embrace their vulnerability as they get up and head out to change the world whether it is one piece of trash at a time, one radio show at a time, one act of kindness, one blog or climbing a mountain.

The people with grit remind us that it’s all about our attitude – and our guts, resilience, initiative and tenacity.  It really is all good. It’s just in how you choose to look at it.