The Journey


We have been looking at how integrity plays a key role in being a person with GRIT. Simply, you need integrity to have grit, and grit is an essential part of having integrity. What is important to grasp here is that the integrity found in grit is really at an individual and very personal level. To have grit you must be honest with yourself. It is so easy to justify not completing a goal, finishing a project, or following through on something. It is so easy to not learn from our mistakes; to ignore them or deny them. It is so easy to blame others for our failures. But if you are going to be a person of grit you have to have integrity with yourself.

I want to illustrate this with a video. It is the story of Jared Mollenkopf who perseveres and reaches the goal of losing a large amount of weight. I am not personally endorsing the fitness routine that the video talks about. The choice of the fitness program is not the defining difference. People lose weight and develop fitness through hundreds of different programs. I think the difference is how honest this man is with himself. Listen to the level of honesty he has with himself as he reads a blog from the first day of his journey. As you listen to it you will see numerous statements that illustrate what we have been learning about grit this year. Please do take the three minutes or so to watch it. I am confident it will inspire you.

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Dalat Director

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people to make a positive impact on their world, walk with integrity, and follow Christ. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Dalat Director since 2006.

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