• November 2015

Give Thanks for Being Resilient

When something goes wrong, do you tend to bounce back or fall apart?

According to the Mayo Clinic: “When you have resilience, you harness inner strength that helps you rebound from a setback or challenge, such as a job loss, an illness, a disaster, or the death of a loved one. If you lack resilience, you might dwell on problems, feel victimized, become overwhelmed, or turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as substance abuse.”

They say that while resilience won’t make your problems go away — it can give you the ability to see past them, find enjoyment in life, and better handle stress.

“If you aren’t as resilient as you’d like to be, you can develop skills to become more resilient,” Mayo Clinic staff insist, and offer a quiz to assist. Click here for that.

Click here for a little Resilience Training: 6 Ways to Improve Your Ability to Bounce Back

For more inspiration, scroll down for six quotes to guide you.


  • “Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.” — Jamais Cascio_
  • “In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.” — Albert Bandura
  • “When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.” — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • “The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.” — Joshua Waitzkin
  • “Anybody who’s had to contend with mental illness — whether it’s depression, bipolar illness or severe anxiety, whatever — actually has a fair amount of resilience in the sense that they’ve had to deal with suffering already, personal suffering.” — Kay Redfield Jamison
  • “Because, you know, resilience — if you think of it in terms of the Gold Rush, then you’d be pretty depressed right now because the last nugget of gold would be gone. But the good thing is, with innovation, there isn’t a last nugget. Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.” — Jeff Bezos
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