Push harder, further, faster. Sweat, blood, and tears. That’s the way to succeed, no matter what you want to do.
Or is it?
Emilia Lahti, a social activist and psychology researcher from Finland, knows a thing or two about grit. A survivor of domestic violence, she set out to personally experience extreme grit by running ultramarathons (50km/day) over 50 consecutive days across New Zealand.
People from the country of Finland, a country with a very harsh northern climate, have a special word for extreme grit and toughness: Sisu. Sisu is more than just grit, it’s “taking action against slim odds,” Emilia says. “Sisu is the embodied counterpart of mental toughness,” Lahti explains. “It stems from the Finnish word “guts.”
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