I am fascinated with Jay Z, not because of his name, but because he overcame his name. He began in struggle and ended in satisfaction. Your current situation is not what defines you in the mind of God. Your life is defined by how it ends. If your mind is a mess and confused it doesn’t have to end this way.

Jay Z is the definition of GRIT. Angela Duckworth, who is a professor of psychology at Penn, studies grit, which she defines as a combination of perseverance and passion for especially challenging long-term goals. She believes grit is a better predictor for long-term success than our traditional understanding of genius as traits or talents that we are born with. In other words, though she was ordained as a genius, she lets us know there is no reason why we cannot be equally successful in our chosen areas of passion.

When pitching your company, investors are often looking for that intangible thing called “grit” that you either have or you don’t. For example, when I applied to Morehouse I wanted them to know I wanted it more than anyone else so I drove over night to be the first person to apply when they were accepting applications. He knew I wanted it more than anyone else. And it was the only school I applied to. I was accepted on the spot. Jay’s success is because of his talent but mostly because of his GRIT.

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