In Chapter 2 of Growing Up, Russell's mother thought he suffered from a lack of "gumption." What does that mean?
"Gumption" is a great word! It means a lot of things: strong will, drive, initiative, guts, spunk, and courage. Somebody with gumption takes on the world to accomplish a purpose or achieve a goal. Russell says his mother wanted him to "make something" of himself, in other words, to work and become successful. Here is what he wrote...
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