We all have it!
Sisu or the grit, perseverance, determination and capacity to endure hardships to achieve our goals are things we all have inside. At least the potential of them. It comes down to our own decision if we apply it or not in our everyday lives. There is something more though. It is not only being persistent and keep on doing your thing until you make it. Honesty, integrity and humility are part of the sisu concept too. Speaking of humility, maybe sisu is the reason why the Finns are not so talkative but reserved. They prefer fewer words but to the point. Actions matter, not words. And if you practice sisu and succeed, don’t brag about it. Let your doings shine!
Sisu is not only for people. It is a much wider concept that can apply from the individual to whole nations. Look at Finland. You may wonder why the Finns were the ones who brought this to the spotlight and made it their own national icon. If you look at Finland’s history it is full of wars and invasions from the East and West (clearing throat… Russia and Sweden). Not to mention the harsh climate with long, dark, freezing winters. The Finns had to hold on to something to survive and thrive. Sisu was that thing. Finland has reinvented itself as a nation and country many times in the past. We will explore this in a future theme.