For the better part of a year now I’ve been writing about and developing my theory of Gumption. Capital and italicized Gump differentiates Gumption from traditional gumption. Today’s post is simply dedicated to defining gumption in the classic, traditional manner.
Traditional gumption has two general meanings:
- Sound practical judgment
- Fortitude and determination
Do you use gumption when making decisions?
Do you go about your business with gumption?
Here are a few traditional gumption synonyms, usage examples, and quotes.
- Sound practical judgment: common sense; ability; intelligence; sagacity; shrewdness; cleverness; resourcefulness.
- Fortitude and determination: guts; moxie; initiative; backbone; grit; spirit; spunk; courage; nerve; daring; and enterprise.
- He negotiated with gumption and made a good deal for his family. They saved a lot of money.
- The team showed real gumption in completing their late-inning comeback and eventual win.
- Climbing Mt. Everest takes gumption. You need ability, lots of common sense, and have great courage.
- Creating a business based on an invented concept of Gumption takes gumption.
Anyone who has gumption knows what it is, and anyone who hasn’t can never know what it is. So there is no need of defining it.Lucy Maud Montgomery
It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.Jessamyn West
I like the word gumption because it’s so homely and so forlorn and so out of style it looks as if it needs a friend and isn’t likely to reject anyone who comes along. I like it also because it describes exactly what happens to someone who connects with Quality. He gets filled with gumption.
A person filled with gumption doesn’t sit around dissipating and stewing about things. He’s at the front of the train of his own awareness, watching to see what’s up the track and meeting it when it comes. That’s gumption.
If you’re going to repair a motorcycle, an adequate supply of gumption is the first and most important tool. If you haven’t got that you might as well gather up all the other tools and put them away, because they won’t do you any good.Robert Pirsig
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