How To Cultivate Grit In Your Organization And Personal Life

On this week’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott welcome Author, Leadership Speaker and Veteran, Shannon Huffman Polson to the show.

Shannon Huffman Polson is an Author, Leadership Speaker, and U.S. Army Veteran. She is the founder of The Grit Institute, where she focuses on leadership and grit based on her years of service and her time in the corporate world.

Shannon studied English Literature and Art History at Duke University. At her graduation, she was commissioned as a 2LT in Army Aviation and became one of the first women to fly the Apache helicopter in the U.S. Army, where she has led two flight platoons and line units on three continents. She later earned her MBA in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Her love for leadership has led her to combine her passion and firsthand experience along with her study of leadership and grit to deliver world-class training to companies and organizations. She energizes her audience across the country and around the world to overcome resistance, connect to their core purpose and commit to courageous ownership under the most challenging conditions. Currently, she is an American writer and leadership development consultant.

Listen in as they discuss:

  • Grit and its definition.
  • How Shannon uses grit to survive in corporate culture.
  • The importance of staying focus to achieve your goals.
  • How Shannon helps others to cultivate grit in their children and their organization.
  • What is grounded optimism?
  • Ways to build your grit.
  • The worst advice Shannon has seen or heard given in her area of expertise of grit and resilience and grounded optimism in order to be better every day.
  • What kind of mindset you will need to develop to build resilience and grit.

And, more!


Mark: My tip of the week is go to and get the Grit Factor book. Check out Shannon’s articles, essays and she has an institute: The Little Book of Grit, The Road Ahead, The Way the Wild Gets Inside and there’s a ton.

Scott: Check out, it keeps track of all of those subscriptions that you’ve signed up for: Netflix, One Password, whatever it is you add it to here. That way you’ll never forget your subscriptions.

Shannon: I have two tips! The first is, keeping track of what’s going on every day in a journal that you write in is really helpful, and keeping track of finances (quick shout out to Taylor Money, which is my husband’s tech company) is an outstanding way to look at your finances every single day, and to be able to know what’s your status is every single day. You have complete control.

The second thing is a book by Brian Doyle called One Long River of Song, I’m recommending it because the most important thing that you do, and the most important key to your success is people, and it always has to do with people. Brain Doyle will connect you to the most human part of yourself in a way that will literally bring tears to your eyes. If you’re not taking time to connect to that human part of yourselves and others, success is a hard thing to find.


Did you like this episode? If so, tune into another one of our exciting episodes with special guest Noah St. John as we discuss AFFORMATION and how it will help you to reach your goals.

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