In this episode, we are joined by Shannon Huffman Polson, a highly respected leader in the fields of leadership and resilience. Shannon is a U.S. Army veteran who made history by becoming one of the first women to fly Apache helicopters. She is also a well-regarded author, having written the book “The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience, and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World“. In this episode, Shannon will be sharing her insights on how to harness grit to transform your own life and career, drawing from her own experiences as well as her extensive knowledge on the topic.

Time Stamps:
00:59 – Introduction to Shannon Huffman Polson, one of the first women to fly Apache helicopters
06:32 – Discussion on her experiences in a male-dominated field
09:49 – Definition of grit
11:22 – Overview of her book, “The Grit Factor”
16:18 – Story of failure and how it shaped her journey
18:31 – The importance of mentorship in personal and professional development
21:29 – How and where to find grit in your own life
22:51 – The “Grit Triad” – a concept central to Shannon’s work on grit and resilience
25:20 – Finding one’s purpose and the role it plays in developing grit
31:45 – Wrap-up and closing thoughts from Shannon on the importance of embracing grit in all aspects of life.

Show resources:

The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience, and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World.

Shannon Huffman Polson website


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