"True Grit"

Posted: July 12, 2011

I am reading Daniel Pink’s Drive. Reading can be so provocative! I want to share some thoughts that jumped out at me and made me wonder . . .

He wrote the book in 2009, and he suggests the work environment in the future will be more complex, more interesting, and more self-directed (which does sound like the work environment in 2011). It made me wonder how we as the camp community are preparing our youth to thrive in such environments.

Certainly, giving young people opportunities to navigate outside of their homes and schools is a great opportunity to build independence and resilience. We give young people leadership and problem-solving experiences.

Daniel Pink also states that “grit is as essential as talent to high accomplishment.” Ah, yes, stretching and trying new things in order to fail only to reach eventual success surely builds GRIT. We do that at camp, as well.

If you get a chance, it’s a good read. Post a comment — I’d love to hear your thoughts.