Grit Quotient

First, let’s define grit quotient:

The process of a disciplined routine that addresses the physical, mental and emotional needs of an individual, strengthening a person’s resolve in the face of adversity in their respective personal or professional realm. Succinctly, this is a person’s mental toughness. If we extrapolate this out we’re talking about the pursuit of a passion by any means, through fear and apprehension. No, this is not Machiavellian. Instead, this is putting in the time, learning from our mistakes, reassessing, and going at it again. We recently spoke with 3 entrepreneurs who embody this credo from disparate industries.

Brian Alexander (Ep. 58) is the owner and CEO of CrossFit Illumine. You wouldn’t know it by looking, considering he looks like an MMA fighter, but he’s a failed restaurateur who didn’t allow that nor a stint in self-destruction keep him from establishing a burgeoning community. I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in his community and know first hand of it’s benefits.

Robbie Abed (Ep. 59) is the author of Fire Me I Beg You, a 7 week, step by step process on how to quit your job. How did a trip to Aldi lay the foundation for this eventual business? Better yet, do you advocate for yourself? What do most people not like about their job? Listen in for the answers.

Shaily baranwal (Ep. 60) is the founder and CEO of Elevate K12 and Classblox, an online series of classes offered by live, online instructors. She’s working to change education one student at a time, and through many hours of instruction. With all the talk in the startup world of unicorns, Shaily bootstrapped her company and the fruits of that labor along chicken mcnuggets have helped her companies grow.

Brian, Robbie and Shaily stories display what we should all strive for, and that’s living in pursuit of our own personal passions amidst the everyday noise that many of us are familiar with. They are not “celebrities”, just regular folks who have overcome mistakes, personal issues and caught some breaks along the way. I’m a firm believe in what luck really is. So, we should all prepare for when opportunity meets that work.