disease’s affects is struggling with something. I was feeling sad myself. I feel as though this experience was due to the people around me suffering. Later, I began to feel better asmy mom started to feel better. In remembering these two theories, I feel as though I felt that way because the people around me did.Grit (or perseverance) is when someone has the mindset which allows for improvement by taking on challenges. To have grit is to be brave, adventurous, and readyto take on whatever trouble the world throws at you. While Lovato doesn’t use the word ‘grit’, she still discusses It as an important virtue for success. Lovato writes about the importance of doing new and different things, taking on the seemingly impossible, and so on. In her book, Lovato says “We have the ability to change the world if we refuse to listen to the voice that says, ‘We can’t’ or ‘we shouldn’t’.” In saying this, she expresses howvital it is to avoid saying no to challenges. Lovato continues discussing the theory that having perseverance is a large factor in being successful when she says “We learn by trying, by pushing the envelope fearlessly with conviction. It’s better to try and fail then to imagine what would have happened”. This means that we need to try new things and face new adventures because if we don’t then we will not be able to learn more and therefore one day gain success towards our goal. In comparing our sources with this
theory, Angela Duckworth seems to be the closest in similarity. Duckworth’s theories of success say that having grit is the key factor to success (Duckworth,1:00-5:00). Described earlier, grit is possessing the ability to have excitement in new challenges, and the ability to overcome them. Lovato and Duckworth’s theories are very similar in that the they both believe success is gained by pushing your limits and trying new things. Thetwo of them also discuss the need to improve yourself daily. Doing these things will guideyou towards your ultimate goal. However, I would say that the biggest difference is that Duckworth see’s grit as a trait that is absolutely required to be successful. While Demi sees it as an add on to the many things that give success. On my road to recovery, I have experienced a large amount of negativity in myself. In the beginning, it was hard to block out the nihilistic thoughts which popped into my head like “you’re just going to fail, might as well give in now” and “you can’t do this, just go and do it now”. However, I fought these thoughts and was able to take on and eventually overcome the challenges I faced in early recovery. If I hadn’t had the perseverance, or grit, to take on the challenge in early recovery, I would not have been able to obtain the success that I did. Thus, I agree with Lovato and Duckworth in that that having grit and perseverance I vital to a successful life.