Resilience

At any time during a career – whether you’re just starting out or you’re in the executive suite – one will inevitably receive feedback from peers or supervisors. Criticism can be difficult to graciously accept, but an imperative skill to learn is resilience – the ability to turn feedback into a valuable lesson.

I define resilience as the ability to cope with an unfavorable situation and to not only quickly recover, but to personally grow in a positive way from this experience. You must have an effective learning attitude to be resilient in the workplace, which is demonstrated by curiosity and a proactive effort to learn something new every day. You must be humble enough to learn from others at any point during your career. As well as exhibiting a learning attitude, the Mayo Clinic suggests building strong, positive relationships with friends and family, setting goals to help you look toward the future with meaning, and participating in activities and hobbies you enjoy to increase resilience.

Personally, I turn to exercise and music to help me bounce back from a difficult or stressful event.  Different people have different techniques for resilience, but what is most important is that people identify their mechanisms and turn every situation into a learning opportunity.

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