How well do you weather hardships?
Resilience is a skill that can be acquired. I think it’s all about the little things. You build resilience by finishing little goals you set even if you feel like quitting. For me, one thing I focus on is time on the treadmill. If I say I’m going to be on the treadmill for 30 minutes, and 23 minutes into it I feel like quitting. If I stay on, and fight through the pain screaming from my feet and/or quads, I have contributed a bit to my resilience quotient (RQ). HBR did a piece on this more than a year ago and called resilience a highly underrated part of a leader’s quiver.
As my friend Andy from school put it, “If I can get up today, I can get up any day, no matter what’s thrown at me.”
During the perfect storm, will you have a deep RQ?
(Further reading: Is resilience partly genetic? NYT chimes in.)