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"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. ”



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!


Lindsey Vonn: ‘I've been through quite a bit in my career, so I understand what grit is’

Ahead of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup season, one of the most successful skiers of all time talks exclusively to about what it takes to succeed.

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.


Lindsey Vonn on Pain, Grit, and What Came Next

“Skiing was my sun, and everything else in my life was all these planets orbiting around the sun. And then one day I woke up, and the sun was gone.”

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.


Podcast: What Lindsey Vonn's courageous skiing career teaches us all about grit

American ‘speed queen’ Lindsey Vonn features in an unmissable episode of Mind Set Win, sharing how determination helped her overcome adversity and achieve her long-term goals.

#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.

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