Someone once told me that people identify more with your struggles than your successes. It’s true for me, too. It’s hard to identify with those who have seemingly had win after win with no knowledge of the effort it took to make it happen. If you talk with any successful person long enough, you start to uncover the difficulties, the challenges, the struggles, and the failures that happened along the way.
Along with our own life experiences, Lydia and I have examined the stories of a variety of leaders who faced ill health, professional setbacks, emotional loss, and a host of other life-changing events, in order to illustrate how each achieved personal transformation and success by mining their own resilience.
Each story focuses on one of nine essential principles needed to overcome adversity and seize opportunities:
A person people can like and love
Loving and empathetic
Willing to be responsible for what I do
People I trust and who love me, no matter what
Health, education, and support
Manage feelings and solve problems
Seek out trusting relationships
Offered as affirmations for success, we outline take-away lessons and daily practices that can be incorporated in your own professional journey.
THE MUST DO’S
Of all of the daily practices you outline in the book, what three are ‘must do’s’ for everyone?
Skip, as you know from your life’s journey, each person’s experiences and challenges are uniquely theirs. And life – personal as well professional – hardly has a formula. What we tried to do is provide contextual learning.
For example, in one of the chapters, we have summed up three key concepts necessary to becoming more authentic and resilient through self-acceptance:
By practicing self-acceptance, we discover the complexities of our emotions, vulnerabilities, and imperfections. And this is what creates our true authenticity. When we decide to embrace our authentic self, we give ourselves the opportunity to grow.
In an attempt to make these daily practices sustainable for our readers, we have also created a resiliency app. The Survive To Thrive free app can be accessed at www.SurviveToThrive.pub.
“Reinvention is the essence of the resilient mindset.”