September 17, 2017

How to Get Grit – Podcast interview with Caroline Adams Miller

Interview conducted by Cathy Heller, September 17, 2017

What does it take to win an Olympic gold medal? Overcome an addiction? Achieve your most difficult, life-long goals? Caroline Miller, author of Getting Grit and Creating Your Best Life, takes you through the exercises and mindsets that have been proven to cultivate the determination and tenacity that will lift you over any roadblock. She also answers questions about how to identify your life’s calling, why relationships are the most important factor towards your best self, and whether or not passion is enough to master your craft.


  1. When you’re fighting your faults, your downfalls, your addictions…have hope. It can get better.
  2. The state of being hopeless is goal-less. When you have hope you have goals.
  3. Pursuing the best version of yourself is the most inspiring thing you can do for others.
  4. There’s nothing special that will happen in our lives that isn’t outside of our comfort zones.
  5. Have goals that are authentically yours, not someone else’s.
  6. Step away from technology for a day. Get awe-struck by things that aren’t instantaneously changing.
  7. Build the mindset that things will get hard. Then find the channel that pushes you to keep going.
  8. The body only quits something when the brain commands it to stop working.
  9. Have humility to say you don’t know something, and be willing to go learn it.
  10. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you, know what you’re capable of, and push you towards greatness – not mediocrity.
  11. Happiness is byproduct of helping others and being thankful.
  12. When you’re facing hard challenges, change your internal question from “Why?” to “Why not? Why shouldn’t I go for it?”
Caroline Adams Miller

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP is a pioneer with her ground-breaking work in the areas of goal-setting/accomplishment, grit, happiness and success. Caroline is the author of eight books, including Positively CarolineMy Name is Caroline,  Creating Your Best Life and Getting Grit. Live Happy Magazine named Creating Your Best Life one of the top ten goal-setting books ever published and Getting Grit one of the ten books that will change your life in 2017.  Her new book, Big Goals, is anticipated for release in the fall of 2024.  Caroline has been featured in BBC World NewsThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News &World Report, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR and CNN.  She is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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