Resilience: Your Bullet-Proof Vest in a War Called Modern Life

Joel Mayer is an Australian freelance writer and blogger. He writes professionally and for fun across a wide range of niches. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with others and collaborates with few companies and writes reviews.
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Courage to come back

Courage to come back

According to a paper entitled Attachment and Emotional Resilience published by the University of Essex, “resilience is not just a matter of constitutional strength or a robust temperament, it is also a product of how people perceive, appraise, approach and tackle stresses and challenges.” Resilience is also defined in a PBS article as “the capacity to adapt successfully in the face of threats or disaster.In ordinary parlance, it is the ability to bounce back after anadversity.

Resilience and Inflexibility

In general, we humans are profoundly gifted and ingenious when it comes to problem solving which makes us more flexible and stronger when faced with stress. As children, we are more resilient. We fall down or trip but we get up again without any difficulty. But, with the increasing challenge of the modern world we are all faced with insurmountable pressure not only from the workplace but from society in its entirety. Thus, there is a need to be more resilient both in body and spirit.

Unfortunately, the ability of man to manage and control pressure appears to have diminished. As we grow older we somehow developed inflexibility towards the unpredictable and lose our ability to change course. Maybe some of us might have lost it, but resilience can be re-learned with the help of resilience training programs offered by performance


Why is resilience your bullet-proof vest?

A quote in a Harvard Business Review article written by Diane L. Coutu, author of the booksWhen Change Comes Undone and How Resilience Works, pointed out that:

More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. That’s true in the cancer ward, it’s true in the Olympics, and it’s true in the boardroom.”

Resilient human beings are able to take advantage of their inner strength and flexibility to manage and bounce back from an adverse situation such as financial loss, death of a loved one, illness, divorce, job loss and more.

 Those who donot have this attribute are vanquished by such adversities. They are not able to move on and even employ damaging means to cope with the problems resulting in more problems.

Reflection of Resilience 

In the workplace or in business, people with a high level of resilience can face up to reality, are able to conform and accommodate feedbacks and criticism, change if there is a need for change and, with confidence, march toward success. Their optimism carries them through destructive repudiations and helps them keep breaking new grounds with a better perspective. They are able to stay on course with a clear view of their objectives and continue to forge ahead in the thick of hardships and set backs.

An article on the New York Times, draws a picture of Abraham Lincoln as the perfect personification of resilience. Meanwhile, his management style as president of the United States, which the article aptly called the Lincoln school of management, is a reflection of what exceptional leadership is all about.


  1. Twitter:
    Hello Mayor,

    Nothing beats resilience in trying to achieve anything in life…if you can never give up, believe me, you cannot also lose! It may take time, but like Lincoln, you may just be the next president of the US!

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  2. Agreed. As a guy living in Australia myself, I was hit pretty hard by the 2009 economic downturn. I literally tried and failed for a YEAR trying to get a job. Unfortunately, jobs at this point were attracting hundreds of applicants, and my lack of formal education really didn’t help. What made the job search even more frustrating is that I’d rather go into a store, talk to someone important, and then have a reasonable expectation of getting an interview. Nowadays, they expect you to apply online which barely results in a response – it’s gotten ridiculous. I have a friend that even refuses to use self checkouts. Luckily, I’m pretty resourceful, and sold my writing skills online for a profit… I’ve only just recently got into marketing/blogging for myself :D
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    And become better for the experience!


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    I think resilience and persistence go hand in hand. It’s about keeping the goal in mind and forging ahead until the destination is reached. That’s what success is all about : )
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  5. Its always said that change is the best weapon for happiness and survival.
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    Success is something you can’t get in seconds, you have to work for it consistently and I like your point that change is something that will never change in this world.
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  7. Twitter:
    Hey Joel,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this post with us. I like the point that, more than education and experience, the level of resilience will determine the success. Resilience refer to approach, spirit and if we have always never give up spirit and always face work with good approach, we definitely gonna success in work.
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  8. Twitter:
    I essentially fell short and tried for a year attempting to acquire a task. However, works at this point were attracting hundreds of applicants,, and my lack of formal education really did not assist. Exactly what made the work search much more discouraging is that I would certainly rather enter a shop, talk with somebody essential, and afterwards have an affordable assumption of obtaining a job interview.

  9. Masker Wajah says:

    hi joel

    I agree that resiliance it could one of problem solving. I agree that people with a high level of resilience can face up to reality,
    thanks for sharing this great information

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    Abraham Lincoln is definitely a shining example of resilience. To come back from a 6 month nervous breakdown and then lose a bunch of elections and eventually become one of the greatest presidents ever is impressive. The Harvard Business Review is right. It is everything to keep getting back up, as long as you are learning each time you fall down that is. Thanks for the reminder to keep moving forward even when things look bleak.
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  11. Twitter:
    This was a great post Joel. It’s very much in line with what i believe. Before you can ever hope to change your life,you must change yourself. Success on the outside begins within. You cannot do good unless you feel good. Self-mastery is therefore the DNA of life mastery and the best investment you will ever make. Confucius said, ”Good people strengthen themselves ceaselessly.”
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    Thanks. Yeah! success is something that should begin from within.
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