Resilience /rəˈzilyəns/ 1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
It is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things don’t go as planned in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors.
Thomas Edison is the epitome of resilience. He made thousands (tens of thousands) of prototypes of the incandescent light bulb before he got it right and has been awarded more than 1,000 patents. His resilience was the driving force behind amazing inventions such as the phonograph, the telegraph, and the earliest motion picture cameras. He also created the world’s first industrial research laboratory known as the “Wizard of Menlo Park” and had success in developing an alkaline storage battery.
Thomas Edison was the 7th and last child born to his parents and one of four to survive to adulthood. He received little formal education and left school to work on the railroad. He developed serious hearing problems, encountered financial difficulties, legal battles, and many other challenges along the way. More than any other individual, he was credited with building the framework for modern technology and society in the age of electricity. (history.com)
Imagine working so hard on a dream, a vision, an idea only to fail again and again and again. Thomas Edison knew adversity! He struggled, he had many setbacks, challenges and frustrations, yet he kept on pursuing his ideas, his dreams, his vision. If he would have quit, would life be as we know it?
Where are you facing obstacles? Where are you experiencing setbacks?
- Producing that idea?
- Planning an event?
- Maybe you’ve worked so hard on building a high-performance team only to have your star player(s) quit, disengage, or not produce the results you want.
We are all on this roller coaster of life… sometimes things are going really well and then we get into a slump. Other times it seems that whatever we do we can’t make sustainable headway.
Everything we do and everything we don’t do, matters! The ideas you have, the dream, the vision inside of you is there for a reason.
Resilience is a crucial characteristic to our growth! You have to know where you’re at in order to get to where you want to be. When something goes wrong, do you tend to bounce back or fall apart? When you have resilience, you harness an inner strength that helps you rebound from a setback or challenge. Resilience isn’t about toughing it out or going at it alone. Resilience won’t make your problems go away, but it can give you the ability to see past them, find enjoyment in life or business and handle stress better.