Persevere in Pursuit of Your Goals: Why Cultivating a Gritty Mindset Drives Resilience & Success by Elisa Schmitz

Persevere in Pursuit of Your Goals: Why Cultivating a Gritty Mindset Drives Resilience & Success

Perseverance and grit have served Winnie Park her entire life. At age 2 1/2, the new CEO of fashion retailer Forever 21 and former CEO of Paper Source emigrated from Korea to the United States with her parents, who had only $500 in their pockets. Growing up in rural Tennessee, Winnie was bullied because of her race, gender and size (among other things), so cultivating a gritty mindset was key.

Being gritty means you use the skill of perseverance in pursuit of your goals despite any chaos, challenges or fire that comes your way. Perseverance enables you to overcome setbacks, stick with it, and try again and again until you succeed. The more you persevere, the grittier you will become. And Winnie’s grit fueled her success.

“I was given opportunities because of my work ethic and sweat equity,” Winnie says. “When you’re willing to learn with humility, and you deliver results, you’re given opportunities to do more.”

Grit enables you to stick with it, no matter what. You’re determined to see it to conclusion, even in the face of adversity. And if there’s a setback, you have the mental toughness to try again and again until you succeed. The gritty mindset drives persistence, commitment and resilience.

I’m honored that Winnie shared her inspiring story in my new book, Become the Fire: Transform Life’s Chaos into Business and Personal Success. As the featured “Flame” in the chapter on being gritty, Winnie explains how she followed her passions despite any hardships along the way. She shares many insights learned from her experiences on the road to becoming a CEO, to encourage women from all walks of life to achieve their own success.

Winnie attributes her leadership success to perseverance and staying humble. “You don’t have to be the expert, or always be right. Be willing to roll up your sleeves and do the work.”

You can read more about Winnie, and get more of her insights, by preordering a copy of Become the Fire for yourself or for someone you think may benefit from the stories and lessons shared by Winnie and this diverse group of highly successful leaders:

The book's publication date is October 11, only days away. To join us for the virtual launch event via Zoom, please click on the registration link here. I hope Become the Fire sparks your grit, too! 🔥

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Donna John
Love "meeting" all these amazing women through your book! Cannot wait for the launch party. #becomethefire
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you so much, Donna John ! I cannot imagine being on this amazing journey without you. Thank you for being the best colleague, and friend, to me! You constantly demonstrate the importance and joy of teamwork to make the dream work. xoxo
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you for your comment. Winnie is amazing and her story is so inspiring!
A serious mom boss. 👑

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