Gumption has a hazy definition. The word has vague Scottish origins and has been used colloquially since the 18th century. The most apt characterization of the word is a strange cocktail of ‘grit’, ‘composure’, and ‘resourcefulness’. I would argue that the word’s meaning extends even beyond that. Gumption is an understanding that a struggle will ensue and harboring an enthusiasm and resilience for the encounter. It’s an immersion in the complications; the smile that comes with adversity.