It probably wouldn’t surprise you to know that I don’t start many endeavors without first knowing my Why. Since I’ve been asked a few times why I started Life By Grit and why I’m putting in all of this effort, and I’m sure many more people are wondering it, I figured I’d answer that today.
We’ll start with the most obvious answer; I want to help people. That’s one of the most important and fulfilling things in life, isn’t it? It is for me, at least.
The changes I’ve made in my life over the last several years have made me a much happier and healthier person. Sharing what I’ve learned with the world so that other people can make similar changes is a wonderful feeling. I’m excited for every person out there reading this and deciding to take a step toward a life they love. Hearing that something I wrote has helped someone makes my day.
Another reason I’m doing this is that I know I wouldn’t have been able to make the changes I’ve made in my life without following the journeys of other people online making similar changes.
YouTubers Kalyn Nicholson and MuchelleB have been integral in helping me get to where I am. So much inspiration and motivation came from their content, and without them, I’d probably still be living a life that I wasn’t thrilled with.
I know how much it helped, and still helps, me to see others thriving in life, and I want to be that inspiration for others. Call it returning the favor, if you wish. This kind of change isn’t something that happens by yourself. Humans are social creatures, and we are influenced by what the people around us are doing. I hope to be that inspirational person in others’ lives because I know how much finding those people—even online—helped me. I couldn’t do this without that support system.
Grit is currently very tiny, though it continues to grow every day, and I hope to one day grow it into a thriving community and business. My goal is to facilitate the creation of a supportive community that is always willing to help its members out and push them toward their goals because surrounding yourself with supportive and successful people makes going after your own goals that much easier.
I created Grit because I have a lot of valuable knowledge that I’ve learned through trial and error over the last several years, and I want to share it with the world. You know that feeling when you’ve just found out about something super cool, and all you can think about is telling your best friend about it? That’s how I feel all the time about all of this. All of these ideas just need to get out of my head.
At least for me, I wasn’t taught a lot of this stuff as I was growing up. Or, some of these systems were implemented for me, but no one ever explained why and I didn’t see the benefit at the time, so they fell by the wayside when I was left to my own devices.
As I’ve discovered—or rediscovered—all of these tactics that help me keep my life together and be a happier and healthier person, I’m always thinking, “wow, why hasn’t anyone told me about this sooner?” I’m sharing all of this in the hope that I can save you some of the struggles. The more people there are putting this information out into the world, the better all of our lives will be.
My parents are great, don’t get me wrong, but much of what I share here I didn’t learn from them. In some cases, they have their own ways of doing some of these things, but their reality is different from the reality that many people in younger generations are living in. Older systems can be adapted and improved. New technology exists that wasn’t around even a couple of years ago. I’m sharing the 2019 version of all of the advice that I wish I had been taught—or if I was taught, had actually understood—because someone needs to do it.
One of the biggest reasons I’m doing this is because I can’t just preach my values, I have to live by them. I firmly believe that it’s important to go after what you want and create a life that you’re excited to live every day, and I genuinely do wake up excited to share my ideas and interact with you all. I knew this was what I wanted, so I had to make it happen.
This realization was sparked by Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck. (Disclaimer: I may make a small commission from purchases made using my links. If you can, support your local library.) This book has had a considerable impact on my outlook on life, and though I definitely don’t agree with everything he says, one of Mark’s points in the book is that your actions need to line up with your values. What’s the point of values if you don’t actually live by them? So I took action. I’m making sure that I never have to say, “Do as I say, not as I do.”
I created Grit because this is how I can create a life I love. It’s sort of a two-for-one. In creating Grit, I made sure that my actions and my values lined up, and I get to build and live a life I love—ideally, a life full of freedom, ambition, determination, organization, and endless drive.
I also have a lot of personal reasons why I’ve created Grit that I may go into more in the future, but suffice it to say that things just were not cutting it before. I wasn’t living the right life for me. To say I was unhappy would be an understatement. Based on what I know about myself and who I am as a person, creating Grit helped to point me in a new direction that will be—and already is—much more fulfilling than where I was headed before.
These reasons cover just the surface of why I decided I had to create this blog and put so much time and effort into it. A commitment this big typically comes with a pretty extensive Why, and I know it definitely does for me. I add new things to my Why all the time, and it’s a topic I think about every single day. I’m sure as my Why grows and shifts over time, as Whys are wont to do, I’ll revisit this periodically to keep you all updated on Why I’m doing what I’m doing.