It’s Heartening: Tips from Harrison Ford

Yesterday we talked about the major premise of Angela Duckworth’s book Grit, which is that talent is that talent is only a very small part of what you need in order to achieve your goals and dreams

I want to underscore the fact that deciding once and for all that you’re going to go for your dreams, no matter what, and that you’re going to take steps–even if they’re little baby steps–each day toward your goals, that these two simple mindsets with actions to support them, WILL get you where you want to go.

Here’s a quote by Harrison Ford that sums it up nicely:

I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn’t give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you.– Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford will admit that he isn’t The Most Talented Actor in Hollywood. He also admits that there are film projects he’s worked on that he wasn’t too sure about and wasn’t fully invested in emotionally. But he put in the work anyway. He did the best he could with the character, with the director’s suggestions, and with his acting.

He just wouldn’t quit. Here’s another of his quotes that sums up his stick-to-it-ive-ness:

You may get real tired watching me, but I’m not going to quit.– Harrison Ford

So, the next time someone mentions that you aren’t particularly talented or that someone else has amazing talent–hinting that you don’t have talent–keep in mind what Harrison Ford has said, which supports the premise of the book Grit: You CAN do it.

Talent is only one small part of the equation. Deep interest, tenacity, and action combined will overcome any lack of talent.

You CAN do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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