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21 Day Grit and Growth Mindset Challenge: Days 11-21

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― Day 11 ―

Listen to Haben Girma’s TED Talk: “Why I work to remove access barriers for students with disabilities”


Haben Girma’s talk is a case study of grit, as she shares her story of making it as a blind and deaf immigrant woman - to Harvard Law, climbing glaciers, dancing, and beyond.

― Day 12―

Listen to the Curious Minds podcast Episode 171: “Anne Helen Petersen on Workplace Burnout”


Episode 172: “Ashley Williams on How to Reclaim Your Time”

These Curious Minds podcast episodes provide tips and advice on how to avoid workplace burnout, how to reclaim your time, and overall be more productive in the ways you choose.

― Day 13 ―

Listen to Celeste Headlee and Ann Grady’s discussion: “How To Cultivate The Resilience We Need Now” 

Anne Grady shares inspiration and practical advice to help you cultivate courage, improve resilience, better navigate uncertainty, and bring some sanity to a chaotic time.

― Day 14 ―

Read the TED Ideas blog post: “What we learned from walking in the footsteps of Harriet Tubman”


Listen to T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison’s TED Talk: “The trauma of systematic racism is killing Black women.”

For another resilience and grit case study, read about Girl Trek cofounder T. Morgan Dixon’s story of hiking the path Harriet Tubman took to freedom in celebration Harriet Tubman Day on March 10, 2018, and listen to her TED Talk with Girl Trek cofounder Vanessa Garrison.

― Day 15 ―

Listen to Surbhi Sachdev's TED Talk: "The Power of a Growth Mindset" 

BONUS EXERCISE: Read MetaLearn’s article, “The Biggest Obstacle to Learning.” Pick out one limiting belief you struggle with and cross examine it today.


BONUS EXERCISE: Ponder the image below (or via the article link) and think about reframing a recent struggle on the continuum. 

― Day 16 ―

Read this HBR Article by Ryan Gottfredson and Chris Reina: “To Be a Great Leader, You Need the Right Mindset”

This article explores various mindsets and how they dictate what information leaders will take in and use to make sense of, and navigate, situations they encounter.

― Day 17 ―

Watch Trevor Noah’s interview with Chris Wilson on The Daily Show: “The Master Plan & Overcoming Adversity After Prison”

In this interview Chris Wilson describes the self-improvement plan he devised in prison, developing the grit which led to getting multiple degrees in prison and build businesses despite challenge after challenge outside the prison system.

― Day 18 ―

Read Kori D. Miller’s Positive Psychology Article: “Using Grit and Resilience”

BONUS: Read Cari Haught Coats’ Forbes Article: “Grit And Grace: A Power Combination For Women Leaders” 

Both of these articles show how a grit and a growth mindset can reinforce one another, making you more resilient and a stronger leader.


― Day 19―

Listen to Luvvie Ajayi’s TED Talk: “Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable” 

Luvvie Ajayi discusses why your silence on issues serves no one, and shares three questions to ask yourself if you’re on the edge of speaking up or staying silent.

― Day 20 ―

Read the City & State article: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the epitome of New York grit”

The epitome of growth mindset, RBG has been an example of resilience and grit throughout the women’s law field for decades.

― Day 21 ―

Listen to Steve Cohen on Morgan Lewis Talks give a Meditation for Resilience and Leadership


Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s A Moment of Meditation with “The Anxious Lawyer” Jeena Cho: “Meditation for Lawyers” 

Listen to these meditations to see how you can incorporate meditations, and leadership practices into your daily life


Consider this critique of Grit and Growth Mindset as potentially perpetuating white-dominant power structures for a different perspective.


The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession would like to thank the ABA Antitrust Women.Connected Committee for their contributions to the 21 Day Grit and Growth Mindset Project.