As I think you can tell, a primary tenet of Field Guide to Grit is to always be learning, which is why we’re always recommending grit strengthening books, podcasts, articles, and more.
Leveling up your life is a whole lot easier when you’re consuming helpful advice, information, inspiration, and how-to guides for learning a new skill, refining a particular mental model, or creating an improved habit. Early in any journey, it is important to read and follow a specific program. Trust the advice of someone that has been there before and is offering instructional guidance on how to follow in their footsteps.
The trick, however, is keeping in mind that you’re different than that mentor, guide, or expert. This means that what worked for them may not work for you. More often than not, you’ll need to follow their program perfectly to then decipher which elements apply to you and which do not.
The idea here is to be humble and learn, but don’t be dogmatic. Use their advice to strengthen your grit, not simply borrow theirs.
A helpful analogy: Think about how we approach restrictive diets. At first, being dogmatic and a touch militant is required to see big results. When you first make the transition from the Standard American Diet (aka the SAD) to something else – Vegan! Paleo! Keto! Whole30! – whatever it is, it’s critical that you follow it to a tee. But after 3-6 months, once you’ve hit your groove, it’s okay to start testing slight deviations. A vegan might test the occasional fish. Someone going paleo might try beans on occasion or a little cheese.
The idea is that you learn the plan and then through testing, you uncover which parts work for you and which do not. As a result, you transform a standard plan into your plan. You take the best of it and make it yours!
In the spirit of learning from others, we’ll be sharing the books, articles, and programs that we’ve been consuming, learning from, and incorporating into our daily routines, mindsets, and frameworks for running our lives.
Strengthen your Grit Book Review!
You are a Badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life – by Jen Sincero
I didn’t read this book. I listened to it. And holy moly, did it feel like a jump start, a cold shower on a hot day, a smack on the butt (in a good way!), and a jolt of energy!
It was one of the first audiobooks I listened to after discovering that my 15 hours of political podcasts every week was making me angry, worried, and stressed. And boy, did it set a different tone in my life.
At times, Jen Sincero is so over-the-top about her practical positivity that I laughed or even rolled my eyes, but she still made me feel totally pumped about my life and full of self-faith, belief, and esteem that I was craving. Often times, self-help books – particularly ones about positivity – tend to be a little overly earnest, taking themselves a bit seriously. Sincero most decidedly does not take herself too seriously. She shares funny and embarrassing, but motivating and inspiring stories. And she makes it clear that the simple, concrete steps can help you make helpful leaps forward.
This book is not going to save your life, but it just might serve as the reminder that you already have all the smarts, passion, and motivation to save your life all by yourself. Buy the paperback now or download the audiobook and get ridiculously motivated to live the life you’ve been too scared to even dream of.