The Power of Grit

One of the many challenges to starting a business or platform is picking the “right” name. It should be original, meaningful, and memorable. Grit Physical Therapy, we believe, meets the above criteria. The purpose of this post is to explain why we chose this name, the meaning behind our logo, and the meaning of grit.

Grit is a unique characteristic. When Googling “grit”, a plethora of definitions emerge sharing similar terminology: courage and resolve; strength of character; perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Synonyms are just as powerful: fortitude, resilience, determination, tenacity, and bravery. When someone has that “extra something”, it’s usually grit. Angela Lee Duckworth, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and grit subject-matter-expert, defines grit as “the ability to persevere in pursuing a future goal over a long period of time and not giving up… It is having stamina… Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Here she is on the TED stage:

If you are reading this article you likely possess grit, whether as a clinician, coach, or athlete. It’s what gets us through the challenges along our lifelong journeys. For clinicians, grit is needed to get through school, study for the licensure exam, and grind through a patient load. For coaches, grit gets them up every early morning, to work the long days, and to sacrifice for their athletes. For athletes, grit is finishing the workout, tracking nutrition, and working on weaknesses. At some point, we have all used grit to forge through to another day.