This amazing talk makes think of the high school I went to, where the motto is “Grit and Grace.” To me, this always meant working hard for success while staying humble. Here is a more in depth definition of “grit” from Jonah Lehrer.
"Grit allows us to keep on going… In order to keep on putting in the 99%, you’re going to have to say I am not going to quite, I believe in this, and that requires grit. Grit is what allows us to show up again and again… Grit requires passion. Grit requires love, and love is just another name for what never gets old."
- Jonah Lehrer
…there was no ugliness or pain, and there never had had to be.
I have finally finished Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and would encourage anyone to read it. I found it very enlightening. Here are two of my favorite passages from the end.
"She felt the whole struggle of her past rising before her and dropping away, leaving her here, on the height of this moment. She smiled—and the words in her mind, appraising and sealing the past, were the words of courage, pride and dedication, which most men had never understood, the words of a businessman’s language: ‘Price no object,’" (p.1159).
"The music of Richard Halley’s Fifth Concerto streamed from his keyboard, past the glass of the window, and spread through the air, over the lights of the valley. It was a symphony of triumph. The notes flowed up, they spoke of rising and they were the rising itself, they were the essence and the form of upward motion, they seemed to embody every human act and thought that had ascent as its motive. It was a sunburst of sound, breaking out of hiding and spreading open. It had the freedom of release and the tension of purpose. It swept space clean and left nothing but the joy of an unobstructed effort. Only a faint echo within the sounds spoke of that from which the music had escaped, but spoke in laughing astonishment at the discovery that there was no ugliness or pain, and there had never had had to be. It was the song of an immense deliverance,” (p.1166).