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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Know, Grow and Show Your GRIT! Self-Discovery Made Simple by Haze Schepmyer is a self-help guide founded on the author's own GRIT Growth Guide and personal development programs. Schepmyer's GRIT is displayed for ease of reference as a compass with each direction assigned a letter [G, R, I, T] and, unlike many other self-help growth guides, the words that flesh out the acronym are filled in by the individual themselves. This is the first time I have ever read a book where a reader is tasked with this, but it makes absolute sense. From here, Schepmyer breaks the entry by phase: one, Know Your GRIT; two, Grow Your GRIT; and three, Show Your GRIT. Following this, readers are prompted with anecdotes, stories, and additional resources to help reaffirm the course...and stay on it.
I love a good guide on growth but have grown accustomed to many of them recycling some version of the same idea. I mean, how many times can someone reinvent the wheel? Enter Know, Grow and Show Your GRIT! by Haze Schepmyer! What a fantastic guide! I was most moved by reading the story of a not-yet-forty healthcare worker whose GRIT compass included Grace, Resilience, Initiate, and Thought. Her father's mental health issues and suicide attempts are just so incredibly courageous to share, and the way she pieces together her life and, ultimately, creates a new one of her own with her husband is beautiful and authentic and inspiring. It is remarkable how her GRIT compass and what the reasoning behind her words mean to her. After reading her story, I actually wrote down an affirmation from the quote her father loved: “…I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” Very highly recommended.