Word of the Week: Gumption

Week beginning April 18, 2022; each week we discuss a principle or value of the Qualities of Success. We suggest you use the Word of The Week in your thoughts, deeds and actions.  You might currently possess the quality and desire to develop itto a higher level.  You could replace a bad habit with a good habit. Write an action step and use it daily to develop the Quality in your life.

The word this week is GUMPTION: I define Gumption as the culture of no-nonsense effective communication, and the spirit of excellence. It is an old Scottish word used sparingly in the modern world of today. The word originated in 1719 meaning common sense, shrewdness, and acuteness of practical understanding.  It also meant drive and initiative possibly connected to the Middle English word “gome” and from the Old Norse word “gaumr” both meaning heed and attention.  In English, the word heed means to pay attention to and take notice. The English word attention means the action of dealing with or taking special care of someone or something.  The sense of initiative of the word is first recorded in 1812. The related word “gumptious” is an adjective where its usage provided clear evidence of the word from 1823. A person with gumption is self-aware and always at the forefront of listening, learning, leading and watching to see what is just ahead and meeting it head-on with gusto. A person with gumption has cast away all transgressions committed and has a new heart and a new spirit.  They are servants to others and always speak the truth. Gumption does not come naturally.  You are not born with it.  Integrity is the number one characteristic of a person of gumption.  The byproduct of integrity is trust.  You can rely on a person with gumption who is following the essentials of a fulfilling, meaningful, joyful, and rich rewarding relationship.  They are loving and committed to a well-balanced full life.  The have a serving attitude and a good heart for all people.  They are open and honest and approach people with friendship and cheer.  A gumptious person is patient, enduring, sustaining, preserving, with vibrant hope there is victory in the end.  The possibilities that emerge from the circumstances of life through the endurance to carry on to the finish line. They are close and together in their relationships and have a common leadership with integrity and empathy.

The Greatest Generation were people with Gumption.  The term was originated in Tom Brokaw’s book in 1998. The generation lived through the Great Depression, World War II and a new era of American power and wealth. The changes this generation lived through will forever be marked as some of the most pivotal moments in history. 

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