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How to Get True Grit

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.

You Will Need

  • Difficult task
  • Uncompromising attitude
  • Liquor
  • Courage
  • Financial reward (optional)

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