I recently returned from a professional conference on teaching and learning. One session especially excited my nerdy nature.
Are you wondering what southern grits or the pebbles in the picture have to do with education?
Actually nothing at all. The conversation revolved around a different type of grit, the one defined as the firmness of mind or spirit.
The presenters shared some great examples of articles about the increasing number of college students seeking for mental health treatment and showcased grit as the secret ingredient to success in general and specifically in business.
Much of the popular and scientific articles looking at this topic came out after the ground breaking research and book by Angela Duckworth – Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.
Just like with anything else, the negative press on grit began to emerge with time.
During the conference session, many presenters showed their own research with pharmacy students.
Believe it or not, attendees were even asked to take a survey to establish just how gritty they are. Many scored in the middle. And this was a group of pharmacy professors, people that you’d think are super persistent and passionate about reaching their goals.
In reality I believe grittiness and resilience come slowly through an exposure to trying situations. Trees that bend but don’t break during storms make me think of resilience.
A lot of my students genuinely struggle. In the past few years, a large number reports being overwhelmed, constantly anxious, depressed and unable to cope.
This was one of the main reasons I started to blog. I wanted to share simple tools and strategies for taking care of yourself. These actions help you to develop greater resilience in your life.
I came back home more inspired to continue on my path of educating students and young professionals of how to take control of their own lives.
Are you familiar with 7 of my favorite ways to happier and healthier life?
Today I wanted to remind you the most important one.
Surround yourself with people who love you and enjoy their wisdom and beauty.
Being gritty in every facet of your life is all about trying, failing, and starting all over.
I’m a college professor, drug information pharmacist and herbalist. I teach young professionals and students how to be less stressed and more focused with the right herbs and food.