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Resilience – When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Learning


Sep 28, 2020






Building Your Resilience and Grit so You Can Bounce Back in Today’s World

 

Suddenly everyone’s talking about resilience skills. Why, you ask? It’s all to do with labor disruption.

 

According to the World Economic Forum, between now and 2030, 210 million people around the world are expected to change their occupations.

 

That's equivalent to the current population of Brazil, or 40% of the European Union. To add to that, a recent study by the US Department of Labor predicts that 65% of today’s school children will be employed in jobs that don’t even exist today.

 

No wonder people are worried. Do we need to brace ourselves against a dystopian future inhabited only by winners and losers?

 

The truth is, we don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. All we know is that we’ve already witnessed groundbreaking technological change, and it’s set to continue with machine learning and artificial intelligence at the helm.

 

With all of this change, resilience is a vital 21st century job skill.

 

What is Resilience?

 

Psychology Today defines resilience as: “that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.”

 

But how can you learn resilience skills for this brave new business world? Isn’t being resilient something you’re born with — either an innate characteristic or the result of being brought up in a particular way?

 

It might be true that some people have more resilience and grit than others, but consider what Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook, says in her book Lean In. She tells us, “Resilience is not a muscle that you are born with….We should never ask ourselves how much adaptability we have, but rather how much we can build, and how we can build it into ourselves, our friends and the people around us.”

 

How Can I Get Better at Bouncing Back?

 

Learning Flexibility is mostly a matter of re-framing your thoughts or perceptions about yourself or your situation. For example, courses offered here at our 21st-century Job Skills platform take you through various exercises that help you spot thought patterns you might not even be aware of. In doing so, you can learn to change your reactions to events.

 

Once you’re aware of your self-limiting behaviors, you can change them. This is why many inspirational speakers focus on resilience to help their listeners overcome adversity. Much of their advice is about re-programming the conscious and unconscious mind — they teach you how to become more aware of your thought patterns. (For some examples, see the recent online film Unsinkable, which looks at ways to bounce back from adversity.)

 

Interestingly, resilience isn’t just about individual workers; it also applies to companies as a whole. If you’re curious about that aspect of how resilience relates to the business world, check out this McKinsey study from December 2019, which looks at how top performers thrive through downturns.

 

Developing Your Adaptability, Develops Your Resilience

 

Whenever you develop new habits, including changing your thinking patterns, you'll face setbacks. That's just part of being human. The important thing to remember is that since everyone faces difficulties, it's how you respond to change and come back from those difficulties that matters — in the workplace and in life. Even the process of developing adaptability works your resilience muscles.

 

So, when the going gets tough, the tough may just need a little help learning how to get there.

Building Your Resilience and Grit so You Can Bounce Back in Today’s World

 

Suddenly everyone’s talking about resilience skills. Why, you ask? It’s all to do with labor disruption.

 

According to the World Economic Forum, between now and 2030, 210 million people around the world are expected to change their occupations.

 

That's equivalent to the current population of Brazil, or 40% of the European Union. To add to that, a recent study by the US Department of Labor predicts that 65% of today’s school children will be employed in jobs that don’t even exist today.

 

No wonder people are worried. Do we need to brace ourselves against a dystopian future inhabited only by winners and losers?

 

The truth is, we don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. All we know is that we’ve already witnessed groundbreaking technological change, and it’s set to continue with machine learning and artificial intelligence at the helm.

 

With all of this change, resilience is a vital 21st century job skill.

 

What is Resilience?

 

Psychology Today defines resilience as: “that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.”

 

But how can you learn resilience skills for this brave new business world? Isn’t being resilient something you’re born with — either an innate characteristic or the result of being brought up in a particular way?

 

It might be true that some people have more resilience and grit than others, but consider what Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook, says in her book Lean In. She tells us, “Resilience is not a muscle that you are born with….We should never ask ourselves how much adaptability we have, but rather how much we can build, and how we can build it into ourselves, our friends and the people around us.”

 

How Can I Get Better at Bouncing Back?

 

Learning Flexibility is mostly a matter of re-framing your thoughts or perceptions about yourself or your situation. For example, courses offered here at our 21st-century Job Skills platform take you through various exercises that help you spot thought patterns you might not even be aware of. In doing so, you can learn to change your reactions to events.

 

Once you’re aware of your self-limiting behaviors, you can change them. This is why many inspirational speakers focus on resilience to help their listeners overcome adversity. Much of their advice is about re-programming the conscious and unconscious mind — they teach you how to become more aware of your thought patterns. (For some examples, see the recent online film Unsinkable, which looks at ways to bounce back from adversity.)

 

Interestingly, resilience isn’t just about individual workers; it also applies to companies as a whole. If you’re curious about that aspect of how resilience relates to the business world, check out this McKinsey study from December 2019, which looks at how top performers thrive through downturns.

 

Developing Your Adaptability, Develops Your Resilience

 

Whenever you develop new habits, including changing your thinking patterns, you'll face setbacks. That's just part of being human. The important thing to remember is that since everyone faces difficulties, it's how you respond to change and come back from those difficulties that matters — in the workplace and in life. Even the process of developing adaptability works your resilience muscles.

 

So, when the going gets tough, the tough may just need a little help learning how to get there.



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