“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan.
Learn more about what your child is interested in and who inspires them. Is it an athlete? A historical figure? The designer of a video game? Whoever she/he is, find out about their lives and their road to success. More often then not, these individuals have encountered setbacks and failures that outweigh their successes. Instead of giving up, they kept on trying. Talk about these stories with your child and when they experience setbacks and failures remind them to think about those who inspire them. It just may give them that motivation to persevere.
Continue to check out this page for general lesson ideas you can try with your child that inspire grit. While all children are different, not every lesson works for every child. Take these ideas and then mold and shape them to meet the needs of your child. In the meantime, check out our projects such as the “Start a Hangout Group” and “Grit Toolkits!”