"That’s the definition of grit; it’s not the most talented person or the smartest person. It’s the person that is willing to continuously work day in and day out and sacrifice things that no one else is, in order to get to the next level. ”
LINDSEY VONN, FOUNDER OF THE LINDSEY VONN FOUNDATION
Great starts with Grit
Grit is at the core of our identity. It is the determining factor that can set ambitious girls apart from everyone else. Intelligence and skill can only take us so far — if we put time in when no one else sees the value, that is when we can truly flourish as a strong leader. At the Lindsey Vonn Foundation, our central mission is to instill grit in young girls nationwide. When we take the opportunities that others look past, we can rise up against all odds and find empowerment within.
Below are several inspiring, insightful, and interesting stories that emphasize the importance of grit, determination, and finding the spark within. Stay gritty!
Grit: The power of passion and perseverance
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
Dr. Dweck’s research into growth mindset changed education forever
After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger.
#GritStory: Tessa Maud
Before she competed in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, Tessa was an LVF camper and scholar with a gritty mindset that set her apart from the crowd. With the support of LVF and a strong internal drive, Tessa was able to make her dreams a reality! Listen to Tessa explain her #GritStory and how LVF has impacted her perspective on female empowerment.
Empower every part of your life!
Instilling confidence in young girls has never been more important — every girl deserves a chance at greatness. This is one of our core values at the Lindsey Vonn Foundation, and we're not alone in this mission. The following organizations are also incredible resources for girls to realize their true potential and make a difference in the world!