Defining resilience

Defining resilience

Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of risk -  American Psychological Association.

It's the ability to bounce back when something goes wrong rather than crack under pressure.

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Become a lifelong learner

Anything you can do to develop your expertise will help to increase your self-confidence and resiliency.

Continuous learning is a key component of career resilience. Stay up to date on the latest technology, take online courses and attend industry conferences. 

Develop an effective network

Having an effective network can help buffer you from potentially adverse career events. 

This means nurturing your existing network and establishing new connections over time. Remember to focus on building relationships, not contacts.

Setbacks are opportunities

The next time you experience a career setback, just think back to a time in your life when you were able to persevere. You are more resilient than you realize.

Think of J.K. Rowling for example. The first Harry Potter manuscript was rejected by 12 major publishers before being accepted.

Build your personal brand

A personal brand is how you present yourself to the world. 

Be sure to clearly communicate who you are and what you do. Set short and long-term career goals for yourself and continuously reevaluate them over time.

Learning to be resilient

Resilience can be learned. It is like a muscle - you can’t exercise it unless you have a stressful event to react to.

So the more you get knocked down and get back up, the stronger and more fearless you become.

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Resilience

It's the skill that enables us to recover quickly from difficulties. It means adapting well in the face of trauma, tragedy or significant stress.

We build our resilience by learning to cope with challenges. 

To overcome adversity, you must rescue yourself first. Your mindset, not the event, defines if you will be ‘rescued’ or not.

Resilience is less about who you are and more about how you think. It means staying calm and evaluate things rather than merely react to them.

Mental resilience

Resilience is the ability to walk through bad experiences.

It generally means adapting well in the face of chronic or acute adversity.

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