Resilience is our ability to be tough to continue to make a go of it despite the appearance of defeat. I was inspired to write this post on resilience today because it is our ability to “keep going” when everyone and everything indicates we should stop that frequently is the greatest difference between success and failure. Every year for the past seven years Marc Cenedella, Founder and CEO of TheLadders.com has shared this statement made by President Theodore Roosevelt (part of a speech he gave at Sorbonne University in Paris, France, 1910) – powerful words that many of us believe to be worthy of their weight and intention. I find reading them again this morning and still they serves to inspire my inner resilience.
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” Although, Theodore Roosevelt said those words one hundred years ago at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1910 they have just as much merit today. Cendedella says, “If you’re like me, no matter how many times you read the Bull Moose’s words, you feel a tingle, a stirring, an inspiration. We who have “strived valiantly” and know “the great enthusiasms, the great devotions” can identify with the man in the arena, and know the futility of listening to the countless, discountable critics.” Teddy gives voice to the best which is inside of us: perseverance, determination, resilience, and grand aspirations.”
I laugh out loud when I think of this quote from Joe Girard: “If the elevator to success is broken you’ll have to take the stairs.” Napoleon Hill believed that success is dormant in every defeat that a person experiences making resilience an essential part of any endeavor that one participates in and expects to come out victorious. I have always thought that errors resulting from my misguided efforts are an integrate part of the fabric of my successes composing both the insulating and backing of my most notable accomplishments. My success cloth is made up of various malfunctions and the resulting disappointments I experience when they occur. I deeply weave these momentary failures into the quilted padding which provides invisible support that is the prevailing strength behind all my achievements. I use sturdy threads of gold that once tightly woven from my most valuable lessons learned from my mistakes cannot be separated from the textile of the final fabric because they cling to the multiple fibers that I have stitched – layers upon layers of sturdy reinforcement making the end material forever resilient.
I have to agree with Steve Jobs who believes that people, who are just crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. They are the risk takers and the renegades willing to go it alone if they have to but devoted to their cause and convictions. Like mountain climbers who make it to the top of the highest peak, their objective is the journey upward not just to reach the ultimate destination on the heap of the mount. They want their abilities to be tried and tested and to engage in activities that require the ultimate effort. Resilience is a necessary personality trait that is inherent in a take-charge kind of person that has extravagant ideas and is willing to not only execute them but who will go through the rigors of planning them out in great detail. After such attention to all aspects of a proposed project it can be the most devastating experience ever to watch it fall short. Resilience is fundamental to the process of reworking one’s original blueprint. Thomas Edison believed that genius requires only 1% of inspiration and 99% of perspiration.
People who are resilient are hyper-aware of things that others neglect to see which gives them a lot of perspective so they can bounce back from adversity. They are also fans of persons who have undergone the most horrific challenges and tackled them by forging ahead and conquering their greatest fears in order to do so. They look at their own attributes and do not blame external circumstances for their setbacks. Instead, they turn inward, to their own strengths relying on them to help work through their daily dilemmas. This is why resilient people are such great problem solvers. They have the willpower to get things started and to see them through to the finish.
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Here is Some Great Information I Referenced From This Blog Post on Quotes for You to See:
Article on 10 Ways to Become More Resilient
Video Educational Psychology and How Resilience Plays an Important Part in Teaching
Video the best explanation of resilience by a Scientist
Video – How you Put Resilience into Practice in Bio Diversity and Build Social Trust
Upbeat and Motivational Musical Video we are All In this Together – Ben Lee