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The Power and Strength of Emotional Grit
by Jennifer Fernjack


Jennifer's Story


Jennifer Fernjack is an author and keynote speaker. From in person workshops and symposiums, to virtual meetings and conferences, her messages of hope and emotional grit have been heard across the U.S. and by people from places such as Australia, Europe, Canada, India and New Zealand. 


Raised in Cloquet, Minnesota, she currently resides in Spring Park, Minnesota. She has a BA degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Jennifer's personal story of emotional grit stems from a health scare where she learned the best things in life are free.



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Most people assume that being brave is the absence of fear, when in reality, it can mean feeling afraid and being able to persevere anyway. If you’re open to such things as the power of music, gratitude, pets, laughter, random acts of kindness or facing fears, you can change or enhance your perception of life in the most trying times. Demonstrating this “emotional grit” is invaluable every day with small or big concerns – or when you face a medical scare as the author did. In this book, you will learn:

  • How to reduce or eliminate fear by embracing it,

  • How the science of optimism can change your brain chemistry, and

  • Ways perspective and gratitude can help carry you.



"Through the unimaginable, Jennifer discovered the power and strength of emotional grit. By sharing her personal story and those of others, she has shown it's possible to persevere during times of adversity. The scientific evidence she gathered shows ways to not only develop grit but strengthen it. Her book is one of discovery, hope, and triumph. Best of all, she shows us that the best things in life are free."

—Terry Wu, Ph.D. -- Neuroscientist, Speaker, and Business


"Jennifer's book wonderfully illustrates how we can rewire our mind to effectively navigate challenging situations. This is something I experience first-hand every day at our airport. I watch the expression of a traveler who is outside of his or her comfort zone visibly soften after a kind interaction with an airport volunteer or employee, a few moments enjoying the beauty of our artwork or live music, or petting one of our Animal Ambassador therapy dogs. Understanding and opening oneself up to these opportunities
is truly a gift."


—Laura Sartain, Director of Foundation Programs, Airport Foundation MSP
Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport


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