Grit Leads To Greatness by first-time authors Chris Eccleston and Jenny Schroen, draws in both children and adults to the world of construction through secret passageways, snowboarding, volcanos, waterslides, and rollercoasters. By telling a creative tale, one that puts kids in the shoes of the protagonists, they can begin to see reflections of their current world and the not-so-distant futuristic society that could exist if the construction trades are forgotten. Kids are encouraged to find Greatness in their own life by resisting distractions, believing in themselves, and taking action when others do nothing. Most importantly, they can understand in simple terms how GRIT is the cornerstone of a well-lived life. All Music and Lyrics Performances by James Harrell and Ilyana Kadushin. 

More about Guests: Authors Chris and Jenny have worked together at Delmarva Veteran Builders (DVB) and realized they shared a long-time dream to write a children’s book. Basing their concept on DVB’s tagline, “Grit Leads to Greatness,” they devised an epic adventure book to show both parents and children that construction is heroic. Once the story was written, Chris and Jenny spent most of 2022 meeting with pioneers and thought leaders of the industry, learning more about what was being done to address the immense labor deficit. They figured they were onto something when they began hearing from not just national construction organizations, but also people outside of the industry who shared stories of how the workforce shortage affected them personally. Chris and Jenny quickly realized that one group or construction affiliation was not going to solve this. It was going to take a global effort to introduce a new generation to the trades. They hope their book, Grit Leads to Greatness, can be used as a tool to help bring together people from all walks of life to conquer an issue that impacts all of humanity.