Secrets of Resilience: What the Masters Know

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – American inventor, Thomas Edison

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It was Thomas Edison who made thousands of prototypes of the incandescent light bulb before he finally got it right.

Knowing the prolific inventor was awarded more than 1,000 patents, it’s easy to imagine him failing on a daily basis in his lab at Menlo Park.

In spite of struggling with “failure” throughout his entire working life, Edison never let it get the best of him.

All of these “failures,” which are reported to be in the tens of thousands, simply showed him how not to invent something.

His resilience gave the world some of the most amazing inventions of the early 20th century, such as the phonograph, the telegraph, and the motion picture.

His inspiring story causes us to look at our own lives – do we have the resilience that we need to overcome our challenges? Or do we let our failures derail our dreams? And what could we accomplish if we had the strength not to give up?

Resilience is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things don’t go as planned. Resilient people don’t wallow or dwell on failures; they acknowledge the situation, learn from their mistakes, and then move forward.

According to psychologist Susan Kobasa, there are three main elements that resilient people possess. These are:

● Challenge

● Commitment

● Control

There are 10 key things you can do to develop your resilience:

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  1. Learn to relax.

2. Practice thought awareness.

3. Edit your outlook.

4. Learn from your mistakes and failures.

5. Choose your response.

6. Maintain perspective.

7. Set yourself some goals.

8. Build your self-confidence.

9. Develop strong relationships.

10. Be flexible.


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