Stories of Gumption is a regular column that profiles individuals who admirably demonstrate Gumption as we define it. These are the stories of real people who exhibit gumption in overcoming personal challenges, and validate the spirit of Gumption during their journey. Let’s take inspiration from those who seize 100% personal responsibility and show us how to live a life that exhibits Gump-like character traits worthy of applause!
Traditional gumption is defined as sound practical judgment or fortitude and determination. Landing the first LEM (lunar excursion module) on the moon with only seconds of fuel left before needing to abort the mission took intelligence and nerve.
Likewise, you don’t land on the moon without Gumption. He needed the ability to self-control his:
- Interactions with others
Neil Armstrong was a celebrity before being a celebrity became an occupation.
Neil Armstrong didn’t land on the moon to be a celebrity.
Neil Armstrong was a humble celebrity.
He performed his job as an astronaut with grit and spirit.
Neil Armstrong had moxie.
After he returned from the moon, he went on a world tour and was gracious in his accomplishments. He constantly praised the thousands of others who made his one small step for a man possible.
In retirement, he shunned the spotlight.
Neil Armstrong was a man who let his accomplishment speak for itself.
Thank you, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), for being a man of gumption and Gumption.
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