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09 2013

What Does “Resilience” Mean to You?

Syndicated from: Box of Crayons

When we talk of the resilience of material goods, we mean its ability to flex back, to minimize wear and tear, to resist damage. I’m not sure it works exactly when we apply the same concepts to ourselves. When I go through good times and bad, I’m not really trying to bounce back to where I was but to get smarter and wiser. To be further along the road from where I was. And I don’t really want to be impervious to interacting with my life. It’s bumping into life that IS my life. I’m not trying to build up a shell. Or put better, I’m trying to minimize the shell that I’m inevitably building up. So I’m curious to explore this concept of resilience, and I’ll be doing so this month on the blog (some fun videos, some great interviews, and more). It’s one of the three core characteristics you need to do more Great Work: Focus, to help know what Great Work is for you and to see opportunities for it around you. Courage, a willingness to cross the threshold and start Great Work even when you know that first step will be a step into the unknown. And Resilience, a willingness to keep going when things get difficult, to learn and grow and adapt so that you’re able to get to where you want to go. And I’m curious to know now what resources you turn to when you think about resilience. What books, TED talks and sources of wisdom have helped you build your own resilience? Stick around…

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