When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Everyone has heard that. But the question remains: why? The authors of Stronger: Develop the Resilience You Need to Succeed (Amacom) posit that the type of strength of character demonstrated by the heroic exploits of U.S. Navy Seals and others we often think of as larger than life isn’t necessarily something you are born with. Rather, they say, you can build it. If only you know how:
Everyone reading this book has faced adversity, and each has failed at least once in life. This issue is neither adversity nor failure per se, but what happens in the wake of adversity when you find yourself in the dark abyss of despair. Successful people fail. Happy people fail.The key doesn’t lie in the nature of the adversity. What really matters is the personal resilience you possess in the wake of adversity.
And just what does that mean? Well, they use the whole quite interesting book to define it all, but essentially, it boils down to what they call their five factors of personal resilience:
1. Active Optimism
2. Decisive Action
3. Moral Compass
4. Relentless Tenacity, Determination
5. Interpersonal Support
Obviously, lots of words go even just with those five points, but that gives you the overriding idea. Those embarking on a journey that involves entrepreneurship will find a lifeline to help keep them afloat. It’s an energizing book.