Ready, Set, Grit: Three Steps to Success in Life, Business and The Pursuit of Happiness

by Elin Barton

Ready Set Grit: Three Steps to Success in Life, Business and the Pursuit of Happiness

Ready, Set, Grit is your guide to identifying what you want out of life and how to get it. Whether you are just getting started in your career, reinventing yourself, or looking to break through barriers in your business, you MUST master the three tenets of this book: 

  • Mindset – learn how to crush your own self-limiting beliefs
  • Foundation – preparing for success by creating your support system and framework
  • Action – taking action and practicing GRIT helps to stack the odds in your favor

Learn what is holding you back and how to rewire your thinking so that you can move forward and step into your full potential and turn your dreams into reality.


Excerpt from Ready, Set, Grit:

Have you ever heard the rumblings of your soul?

Maybe it begins as more of a whisper than a rumble, but it’s the kind of whisper that grabs your attention, if even for a fleeting moment. Perhaps you hear it when you’re in the middle of doing the dishes or driving the kids to school. Or while you’re in line checking out at the supermarket or at night when you’re drifting off to sleep. This type of whisper can seductively appear at the most unexpected moments. You could be sitting in traffic, running on the treadmill or working on that big report for your boss.

The timing may catch you off guard, but this is different from your ordinary, run of the mill whisper. This one is the kind that infiltrates your thoughts, tugging at them insistently until they turn into full-on daydreams.

It draws you towards something and excites you, making your spine tingle. When you allow yourself to imagine the possibilities you feel joy, peace and a sense of belonging. This voice is not easily silenced, which tells you that the message is coming from deep within yourself. When you’re quiet enough to hear it, you’ll begin to be drawn into alignment with your life’s purpose.

Kids are particularly skilled at hearing this voice, and at knowing – and acting upon – whatever will bring them joy in any particular moment. Whether they’re inspired to put on a puppet show, build the world’s most awesome Lego structure, or experiment with Mom’s makeup, you need look no further than your average 5-year-old if you want to see someone who’s following their bliss.

Yes, this quest for self-actualization can annoy the daylights out of the adults in the room, but there is so much we can learn from these pint-sized sages.

For example, a kid that age also wastes approximately zero seconds telling herself all the reasons she’s not going to be good at something. Can she be a doctor? Adventurer? Chef? Movie star? Teacher? Undersea explorer? Of course she can! 

The world is full of endless possibilities and each of them is a source of joy, excitement and an opportunity to truly live solely and fully in the present moment.

So, am I suggesting that we all regress into our five-year-old brains?

Not really.

But kind of.

See, our adult brains tend to overthink things, putting oh-so-much- pressure on coming up with the “right” answer. We psych ourselves into believing that the stakes are so high that we have to “get it right” or risk unthinkable (and highly unpleasant) consequences. Forget about painting a picture for the fun of painting a picture. We either tell ourselves that we’re horrible at painting or never give ourselves the opportunity to try.

The self-talk often goes something like this: “Our lives are very busy, and if we’re going to spend our precious time painting a picture, then we’d better be good at it. We should be paid – or at least widely praised and admired.”

This same principle stops us from doing any number of things.

Ignoring all of that self-talk and following your passion can lead to all kinds of interesting outcomes. As an added bonus you don’t have to worry about one day being on your deathbed, saying, “Gosh, I wish I would have…” or “If only I’d been brave enough…”

Your passion doesn’t necessarily have to become a business, but some of the world’s most successful entities were started in this very way. Successful business leaders don’t get caught up in worrying about what other people are going to think about their successes or failures. 

I recently saw Sir Richard Branson speak about his long, interesting and ultra-successful career.

Never one to mince words, he shared that one of his tenets of success has been his commitment to this mantra: “Screw it, just do it.”



It’s your time to Ready Set Grit.

Praise for Ready, Set, Grit: Three Steps to Success in Life, Business and the Pursuit of Happiness

“With passion and purpose, Ready, Set, Grit leads the reader on a riveting journey beyond one’s wildest imagination. Through the process, powerful tools to amplify success will propel you to be the most incredible version of yourself.”

Laura Ponticello, best-selling author, “The Entrepreneurial Compass”


“Are you being called to create the life you’ve always wanted? Those who dare step out of their comfort zone to create an “authentic life” would find it a solitary, uphill process, until now. Elin’s approach to discovering one’s “why” affords the reader a communal, “side-by-side” illustration of the discovery process inaction with relatable examples throughout. If your “authentic you” is tugging at your sleeve, Ready, Set, Grit is your book.”

Eric Uriarte, author of “The Zen Side of Business Ownership”


“In Ready, Set, Grit Elin offers a simple but often missed time-tested framework for a successful life. It is satisfying to imagine the pleasure and the Aha! moments you the reader will have with each page you read, and the transformation of that whisper into a full-blown rumble.”

Turk Akbay, best-selling author of “The #1 Habit-Make Your Life Easier and Reach Your Goals Faster”

“Ready, Set, Grit can be summed up with “if you are still breathing it’s not too late”! A great toolbox filled with “Power Tools” on how to get from where you are to where you want to go……… and once and for all REALLY figure out you do not have to do it alone!! Barton shares her journey in this enlightening read that takes you from preparation to the party! She says, “it’s all fun and games in the rearview window” but to get there turn around and look thru the windshield and let her help you figure out where you are going…. enjoy the ride!”

Debbie Mrazek, author of “The Field Guide to Sales” and CEO of The Sales Company


“Ready, Set, Grit orients readers to the right, the sure, and the good in oneself! Elin Barton sets you on the path of soulful discovery and provides a foundation for new routes of relevance. To deconstruct and reconstruct ‘success as meaning making’ with a thought-provoking ‘easy read’ that invigorates self catalytic actions for those dedicated to a necessary work ‘in progress’.”

Violet Kashewa, Business Psychic Expert

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