Level Up Your Resilience by 20%: Harness the Power of Grit with Our Transformative Quiz!

Level Up Your Resilience by 20%: Harness the Power of Grit with Our Transformative Quiz!

HELLO, I'M

Eric Hodgdon

LET'S UNLEASH YOUR GRIT!

HELLO, I'M

Eric Hodgdon

LET'S UNLEASH YOUR GRIT!

Want to boost your GRIT 20% like the pros do? 

Want to boost your GRIT 20% like the pros do? 

YOU AND I...

we're not all that different...

Before I started coaching anyone, I was married with 3 kids, a nice home in a nice neighborhood with a decent job...

Then life had other plans to include several job losses a divorce and the loss of my daughter to suicide in 2014.

Here's the thing: no one was going to come and fix this for me. 

GRIT and Resilience tool work the same in the human brain. And, the training, certification programs that allowed me to tackle, overcome and rise up on the other side of my struggles and MAJOR setbacks will work for you too.

YOU AND I...

we're not all that different...

Before I started coaching anyone, I was married with 3 kids, a nice home in a nice neighborhood with a decent job...

Then life had other plans to include several job losses a divorce and the loss of my daughter to suicide in 2014.

Here's the thing: no one was going to come and fix this for me. 

GRIT and Resilience tool work the same in the human brain. And, the training, certification programs that allowed me to tackle, overcome and rise up on the other side of my struggles and MAJOR setbacks will work for you too.

Some of the setbacks I've had to overcome in life...

  • ​Divorce and custody challenges
  • ​Four job layoffs
  • ​Workplace challenges
  • ​The death of my daughter Zoi
  • ​$27 in my bank account
  • ​Credit and financial challenges
  • Entrepreneurial setbacks​
  • ​Pet loss
  • ​Transportation setbacks
  • ​Daily disappointments...

Which of these would you check off too?

Some of the setbacks I've had to overcome in life...

  • ​Divorce and custody challenges
  • ​Four job layoffs
  • ​Workplace challenges
  • ​The death of my daughter Zoi
  • ​$27 in my bank account
  • ​Credit and financial challenges
  • Entrepreneurial setbacks​
  • ​Pet loss
  • ​Transportation setbacks
  • ​Daily disappointments...

Which of these would you check off too?

"It may not be your responsibility for what happened to you,
but it is your responsibility for what you do about it."

- ERIC HODGDON

"It may not be your responsibility for what happened to you,
but it is your responsibility for what you do about it."

- ERIC HODGDON

YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN ME HERE:

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YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN ME HERE:

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH THE TEDx TALK

HERE'S THE THING...

my story isn't just about what I've been through... 

My Story Is About WHY I do What I do and where that comes from in my life...

HERE'S THE THING...

my story isn't just about what I've been through... 

My Story Is About WHY I do What I do and where that comes from in my life...

In The Beginning....

2004/2005 - I was leading a "normal" life...

I had a solid job in corporate IT.

I was married with 3 kids and it seemed that this was my path in life... 

I had also just earned the title of being the very first success story for the widely popular P90X workout program from BeachBody.

And Then...

Life had other plans...

In late 2004, I was laid off from my job.  This was not a setback I'd ever experienced and was  not expecting to happen, ever...

The stress of looking for work in a tight job market at that time made me feel like I had all of the weight on my shoulders. I felt alone to figure it all out...  

Finally, after 3 months of searching, I finally landed a new IT leadership role with just 1 week of severance left.

6-months later, my marriage broke down and I fell into a deep depression...

1-year later a second layoff hit me hard as the company was being sold. This was almost identical to the first layoff with me searching for close to 3-months before I landed my next job. 

I quietly struggled with my depression from the divorce for another 2-years. Eventually, I started to feel like I regained some strength through coaching and therapy, but in 2012 life decided to step in once again...

I entered into a custody battle for Zoi and Arminda that stretched almost 18-months. 

The stress of this situation affected my performance at work... Something had to change. And so, instead of being laid off, I opted to leave. The girls were simply more important than the stress of this workplace.   Things were looking up when I landed a great new job just one month later.
 
Then, in early 2014, the unimaginable happened... Zoi took her life...

The Breakthrough....

The loss of Zoi was very challenging for the family, Zoi's friends and myself.  This was unchartered territory in so many ways.

But, something had truly changed... Grief is a process where you try to adapt to a new normal with something that cannot be fixed.  And, When Zoi's friends asked me "What do we do with this grief?"  I made the intentional choice to lead not only lead myself, but also Zoi's friends and my family towards better days.

Here is what I realized: navigating my way through the divorce many years prior, three prior job losses and the other setbacks I had managed to get through - ALL of it actually gave me a new perspective on how to approach setbacks and it's this: to nurture resilience and epitomize steadfast perseverance in life, we should reshape the difficulties of ANY setback into the guiding purpose that propels our journey ahead

In 2016, I embarked on a fresh journey centered around coaching, public speaking, and training within the realm of GRIT and resilience. This voyage led to the establishment of Resilience Leaders, which has now evolved into Your Journey Guided, aimed at providing support to individuals traversing the difficult path of grief. This innovative approach infused me with newfound energy, purpose, and direction.

By the close of 2017, I took a decisive step away from the corporate sphere to publish the Amazon bestselling book, "A Sherpa Named Zoi," marking a pivotal moment where I committed to a full-time pursuit of coaching, training, and speaking engagements.

In the middle of 2018, I orchestrated my inaugural in-person workshop in Boston, yet this endeavor brought forth a fresh challenge—financial hardship. After the workshop, I found myself with a mere $27 in my bank account, facing a mounting pile of credit card debt and a mortgage. Faced with this predicament, I made the daunting choice to liquidate my home, utilizing the proceeds to wipe away all my debts.

A mere couple of months later, I stood upon the illustrious TEDx stage, marking a significant turning point. To this day, my TEDx talk has resonated with an audience of over 400,000 viewers, leaving an enduring impact.

But Then...

In 2019, I returned to my hometown, a decision that proved profoundly beneficial. This move deepened my emotional and physical connection to my purpose, igniting a renewed commitment to amplify my efforts tenfold in aiding others.

Come January 2020, distressingly, I received the news that my cherished 8-year-old dog, Bean, had been diagnosed with Canine Lymphoma—a treatable yet incurable ailment. A mere month later, the world was rocked by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, reshaping everything. As a means of supplementing my income, I embraced the role of Chief of Staff for a leadership company based in Tampa, FL, even though navigating remote work from Maine posed considerable challenges. Thus, in September 2020, I made the reluctant move to Tampa, FL, alongside Bean.

Over the subsequent three years, I balanced coaching and training both in my corporate capacity and within my personal pursuits. During this span, I achieved certifications as a Breathing Class Coach, a Rooftop Leadership Coach, and a Trauma Specialist and Recovery Coach.

However, in August 2022, I faced the heart-wrenching decision to bid farewell to Bean, as her Lymphoma had become untreatable. After a 30-month journey with her, I acknowledged that I had exhausted all avenues to aid her.

Bean's passing evoked memories of losing Zoi, yet this time, I possessed tools to navigate my grief, providing a contrast to my previous experience of helplessness.

In the latter part of 2022, I encountered another turning point with the loss of my fourth job in two decades. This juncture marked a complete cycle for me. Swiftly, after parting ways with my position, I made a resolute declaration about the direction of my life—choosing a path entirely driven by my decisions. Returning home, I immediately set about crafting my life design.

It was on that very day that The Grit Guy came into being. The mission of The Grit Guy is to steer the leader within you toward the cultivation of GRIT, enabling you to confront the pain and trials of your current setbacks, and transform them into the bedrock of strength, purpose, and significance propelling your future life.

In The Beginning....

2004/2005 - I was leading a "normal" life...

I had a solid job in corporate IT.

I was married with 3 kids and it seemed that this was my path in life... 

I had also just earned the title of being the very first success story for the widely popular P90X workout program from BeachBody

And Then...

Life had other plans...

In late 2004, I was laid off from my job.  This was not a setback I'd ever experienced and was  not expecting to happen, ever...

The stress of looking for work in a tight job market at that time made me feel like I had all of the weight on my shoulders. I felt alone to figure it all out...  

Finally, after 3 months of searching, I finally landed a new IT leadership role with just 1 week of severance left.

6-months later, my marriage broke down and I fell into a deep depression...

1-year later a second layoff hit me hard as the company was being sold. This was almost identical to the first layoff with me searching for close to 3-months before I landed my next job. 

I quietly struggled with my depression from the divorce for another 2-years. Eventually, I started to feel like I regained some strength through coaching and therapy, but in 2012 life decided to step in once again...

I entered into a custody battle for Zoi and Arminda that stretched almost 18-months. 

The stress of this situation affected my performance at work... Something had to change. And so, instead of being laid off, I opted to leave. The girls were simply more important than the stress of this workplace.   Things were looking up when I landed a great new job just one month later.
 
Then, in early 2014, the unimaginable happened... Zoi took her life...

The Breakthrough....

The loss of Zoi was very challenging for the family, Zoi's friends and myself.  This was unchartered territory in so many ways.

But, something had truly changed... Grief is a process where you try to adapt to a new normal with something that cannot be fixed.  And, When Zoi's friends asked me "What do we do with this grief?"  I made the intentional choice to lead not only lead myself, but also Zoi's friends and my family towards better days.

Here is what I realized: navigating my way through the divorce many years prior, three prior job losses and the other setbacks I had managed to get through - ALL of it actually gave me a new perspective on how to approach setbacks and it's this: to nurture resilience and epitomize steadfast perseverance in life, we should reshape the difficulties of ANY setback into the guiding purpose that propels our journey ahead

In 2016, I embarked on a fresh journey centered around coaching, public speaking, and training within the realm of GRIT and resilience. This voyage led to the establishment of Resilience Leaders, which has now evolved into Your Journey Guided, aimed at providing support to individuals traversing the difficult path of grief. This innovative approach infused me with newfound energy, purpose, and direction.

By the close of 2017, I took a decisive step away from the corporate sphere to publish the Amazon bestselling book, "A Sherpa Named Zoi," marking a pivotal moment where I committed to a full-time pursuit of coaching, training, and speaking engagements.

In the middle of 2018, I orchestrated my inaugural in-person workshop in Boston, yet this endeavor brought forth a fresh challenge—financial hardship. After the workshop, I found myself with a mere $27 in my bank account, facing a mounting pile of credit card debt and a mortgage. Faced with this predicament, I made the daunting choice to liquidate my home, utilizing the proceeds to wipe away all my debts.

A mere couple of months later, I stood upon the illustrious TEDx stage, marking a significant turning point. To this day, my TEDx talk has resonated with an audience of over 400,000 viewers, leaving an enduring impact.

But Then...

In 2019, I returned to my hometown, a decision that proved profoundly beneficial. This move deepened my emotional and physical connection to my purpose, igniting a renewed commitment to amplify my efforts tenfold in aiding others.

Come January 2020, distressingly, I received the news that my cherished 8-year-old dog, Bean, had been diagnosed with Canine Lymphoma—a treatable yet incurable ailment. A mere month later, the world was rocked by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, reshaping everything. As a means of supplementing my income, I embraced the role of Chief of Staff for a leadership company based in Tampa, FL, even though navigating remote work from Maine posed considerable challenges. Thus, in September 2020, I made the reluctant move to Tampa, FL, alongside Bean.

Over the subsequent three years, I balanced coaching and training both in my corporate capacity and within my personal pursuits. During this span, I achieved certifications as a Breathing Class Coach, a Rooftop Leadership Coach, and a Trauma Specialist and Recovery Coach.

However, in August 2022, I faced the heart-wrenching decision to bid farewell to Bean, as her Lymphoma had become untreatable. After a 30-month journey with her, I acknowledged that I had exhausted all avenues to aid her.

Bean's passing evoked memories of losing Zoi, yet this time, I possessed tools to navigate my grief, providing a contrast to my previous experience of helplessness.

In the latter part of 2022, I encountered another turning point with the loss of my fourth job in two decades. This juncture marked a complete cycle for me. Swiftly, after parting ways with my position, I made a resolute declaration about the direction of my life—choosing a path entirely driven by my decisions. Returning home, I immediately set about crafting my life design.

It was on that very day that The Grit Guy came into being. The mission of The Grit Guy is to steer the leader within you toward the cultivation of GRIT, enabling you to confront the pain and trials of your current setbacks, and transform them into the bedrock of strength, purpose, and significance propelling your future life.

Why I shared my story with you...

Friend. Navigating through the aftermath of my divorce years ago, grappling with the impact of four job losses, facing financial setbacks, and enduring the heartache of losing Zoi—all of these experiences have gifted me with a fresh outlook on the setbacks that touch each of our lives.

The most profound lesson that life has imparted upon me is this: Irrespective of the losses we encounter, whether significant or seemingly minor, they need not signify the loss of our life's essence. If we aspire to foster resilience and embrace unwavering determination in life, we must transmute the ache stemming from ANY setback into the driving purpose propelling us forward.

Here's the crux: No one else can undertake this transformative work on our behalf; the responsibility rests squarely on our shoulders. Setbacks are an inescapable facet of existence, ranging from those that are profoundly crippling to ones that hinder progress.

...If I could journey back to 2004 and say anything to my younger self, I would offer these words: "Eric, in the coming two decades, you're going to confront some exceedingly challenging situations. However, regardless of what transpires, remember that they are simply moments on the journey and remain steadfast in your belief in yourself. You will uncover solutions. Persevere and do not relent. While you cannot alter the past, you possess the power to shape what unfolds next…"

"You cannot change what happened, but you can change what happens next..."

- ERIC HODGDON

"You cannot change what happened, but you can change what happens next..."

- ERIC HODGDON

ABOUT ME 

I'm a dedicated Coach, Speaker and Trainer, committed to client success in grit and resilience. Through my personal journey overcoming adversity, triggered by the loss of my daughter Zoi in 2014, I found the transformative power of resilience. This ignited a passion to guide others through challenges.

Having emerged stronger from my own struggles, I'm on a mission to ensure no one faces challenges alone. My Amazon Bestselling book, "A Sherpa Named Zoi," captures my journey and resonates with those seeking to overcome setbacks. Sharing my story on a TEDx stage, I inspire others to find inner strength.

With unwavering determination, I've coached countless individuals, teaching them to navigate life's complexities. Focused on fostering grit and resilience, I provide actionable guidance to help clients emerge stronger.

In a world of inevitable setbacks, I'm dedicated to empowering individuals, fostering resilient communities that thrive in adversity.

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SOME MORE PERSONAL STUFF...

What is something we may not know about you? 

I was the very first success story for the popular workout program, P90X in 2004. 

What do you do to reset? 

I like a lot of alone time to "sharpen the saw" as they say and so I like to travel. 

What is one of your favorite books? 

The War Of Art - Steven Pressfield. 

What do you do when you're not working? 

I enjoy the beach and watching Formula 1 racing.

What do you binge watch?  

I'm not really a binge-watcher of any series... although I do like LOTR, Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows. 

Have you written any books?  

Yes, in 2017 I self-published A Sherpa Named Zoi - How to walk through grief and live with intention. 

What is your favorite food? 

Sushi, Shakeology and Seafood!  

what is your daily mantra?  

Just Keep Going...

SOME MORE PERSONAL STUFF...

What is something we may not know about you? 

I was the very first success story for the popular workout program, P90X in 2004. 

What do you do to reset? 

I like a lot of alone time to "sharpen the saw" as they say and so I like to travel. 

What is one of your favorite books? 

The War Of Art - Steven Pressfield. 

What do you do when you're not working? 

I enjoy the beach and watching Formula 1 racing.

What do you binge watch?  

I'm not really a binge-watcher of any series... although I do like LOTR, Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows. 

Have you written any books?  

Yes, in 2017 I self-published A Sherpa Named Zoi - How to walk through grief and live with intention. 

What is your favorite food? 

Sushi, Shakeology and Seafood!  

what is your daily mantra?  

Just Keep Going...

THE INFINITE GRIT JOURNAL

How To Create More Time In 30-Days or Less Without Adding More To Your Plate!

Generate MASSIVE momentum with this journal. The "Infinite Grit Journal" is a 30-day journal designed to help you create more time in your day by incorporating a sense of rhythm into your daily routine. It empowers you to cultivate perseverance, otherwise know as "grit."
Each day, you'll engage in reflective prompts that encourage you to set goals, prioritize tasks, and establish a rhythm that works for you.
By consistently using the journal, you can build habits that contribute to a more efficient and balanced use of your time, ultimately helping you achieve your goals. 

THE INFINITE GRIT JOURNAL

How To Create More Time In 30-Days or Less Without Adding More To Your Plate!

Generate MASSIVE momentum with this journal. The "Infinite Grit Journal" is a 30-day journal designed to help you create more time in your day by incorporating a sense of rhythm into your daily routine. It empowers you to cultivate perseverance, otherwise know as "grit."
Each day, you'll engage in reflective prompts that encourage you to set goals, prioritize tasks, and establish a rhythm that works for you.
By consistently using the journal, you can build habits that contribute to a more efficient and balanced use of your time, ultimately helping you achieve your goals.