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True Grit ~ Not Just a John Wayne Movie

 Grit – A Significant Predictor of Success

Abraham Lincoln’s first campaign for public office was in 1832. He ran for the Illinois General Assembly and lost.  He later lost a race for the House of Representatives and a couple of races for the Senate. The love of his life died in 1835.  He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836. He campaigned for a vice-presidential nomination and lost. He persevered and, after an ugly battle for the presidential nomination, on March 4, 1861 he was  inaugurated as president.

Lincoln had grit.

In a blog post back in January 2013 Ron Murzda, of Storks N More in Burlington Township, NJ, shared his best advice for new partners who are just starting their stork rental businesses.  He stated, “It will grow. It just takes time. If it gets slow, DON’T GIVE UP! Use that time to get the word out about your services.”

Ron Murzda has grit.

What is grit? In an American Public Media story, Angela Duckworth defines grit as, “motivation, perseverance, and stamina.  It’s sticking with things over the very long term until you master them.” It is about working hard and not giving up, even when faced with adversity or painfully slow periods in your business.  It is about pushing past discouragement and knowing that success is only achieved because of long hours, sweat, and tears.

Dr. Duckworth believes grit is the one factor most significantly correlated with success in life.  Here’s what she says about talent and grit (they aren’t necessarily related):

“Talent does not make you gritty. Many talented individuals don’t follow through. Grit is unrelated or even inversely related to talent.”

This is the greatest thing! To realize that through steadfast effort and determination we can achieve our goals.  Talent aside, it’s about rolling up our sleeves and investing our hard work and mind power.  Angela Duckworth also discussed when you have a growth mindest (the belief that ability to learn is not fixed but can change with effort) we are more likely to persevere and achieve our goals.

No matter where we are in our businesses this should be very encouraging to all of us.  At this very time there are those of us just beginning a stork rental business, there are those who have been at it for several years or a decade or more, there are those of us who are currently experiencing major growth and those of us experiencing an aggravatingly slow period.  No matter where we find ourselves, if we have grit and a growth mindset we are more likely to persevere because we don’t believe adversity in business or in life is a permanent condition.

This is so inspiring to me because goals take time to achieve and the journey is fraught with ups and downs.  And sometimes the downs can seriously impact our motivation. But if we persevere through those rough times and stick with our goal(s), day in and day out, results will follow.


Odessa, Texas Stork Yard Sign ~ Stork Sisters of Odessa ~ Stork Lawn Sign Birth Announcements – Andrews, Texas

Stork Sisters Odessa
Stork Sign Rental Service
Odessa, TX

Are you in Odessa, Texas? If so, you’ll want to keep an eye on the skies this week.   A flock of storks will soon be visible over the city of Odessa.  They will arrive just in time to help announce the births of  spring babies all over Odessa and Andrews, Texas.  The flock will nest with the Stork Sisters of Odessa, but will be awfully busy helping new parents and grandparents celebrate the births of new babies all over Odessa and Andrews.

Help your family and friends share their excitement over the birth of their baby by renting a beautiful 6-foot stork yard sign from the Stork Sisters.  Each rental comes with a customized keepsake bundle they will treasure forever.

Don’t forget the grandparents and siblings. Grandparents love to share in the excitement and a stork sign in their yard lets everyone know their grandchild has finally arrived.  And baby’s siblings will also love their own sign in the yard celebrating their promotion to BIG brother or sister!

Please call Martha, Jenica or Julie at 432-230-5290 to rent a stork sign or for more information.

Sibling Signs
Stork Sisters Odessa
Odessa, Texas











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