Grit is so many people that I know like my father, my husband, and my daughter. My father who grew up in a home where a college education was not an expectation and the funds were not there. He worked hard in high school to earn a scholarship and enterd ROTC so he could pay for college. Then serving in the army after graduation to pay back the loan he received from the government. Determined to work for IBM and not letting a failed first interview stop him. Ending up retiring from IBM as a top executive after 40 plus years of service. My husband who was told he would never make it through college because his handwriting was so poor and he could not spell. Well, he did go to college, graduated, and is now a successful, hard-working sales engineer. My daughter who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at age 10 and was determined to make a difference in the lives of children who suffer from this disease. She did everything and anything in high school and never let diabetes slow her down. Now, as a freshman in college, at the age of 18 was accepted into the school of nursing after many years of hard work and dedication, beating out some juniors who had applied as well. Grit is huge in education--tell your students to never feel sorry for themselves and never let anything get in their way!