Want to develop true toughness deep in your soul? Follow these steps and get down to the nitty-gritty.
Step 1: Take on a dirty job Take on a difficult task on someone else's behalf -- a dirty job is the perfect opportunity to get true grit. And remember: worry about the job at hand, not other people's feelings.
TIP: Try to make some money from the job -- getting true grit doesn't mean abandoning self-interest.
Step 2: Dive in Take care of business. Have an uncompromising attitude and be willing to lie, cheat, and steal to achieve success. Just make sure the ends justify the means.
Step 3: Disregard your health Act without considering the physical consequences; true grit means no fear about losing an eye -- or your life.
TIP: Drink liquor to dull your mind and body against the inevitable physical pain.
Step 4: Be persistent Muster the courage to overcome setbacks along the way, including injuries, kidnappings, or a partner's murder. Don't give up, no matter how messy things get, and boldly finish your mission.
Step 5: Get back out there Congratulations -- true grit is yours! Take a minute to wash the dust off your face. Then, get back on the trail; once you have true grit, you're honor-bound to keep on fighting.
FACT: Though John Wayne starred in over 150 films, his Oscar for 1969's True Grit was his only Academy Award.