Chapter 3

Have you got bounce?

What if you had been born with the potential to become a musician, a teacher, an architect, a mountaineer, a mathematician, a chef, a dancer, a politician, an artist or an explorer? Imagine what life could be like.

You were, of course, born with the potential to become any of these. It is the life-experiences that you have had that have put you on the path that you now tread. Similarly, although we are born with a certain amount of resilience, it is the personal characteristics that we acquire that give us the capacity to deal with life’s predicaments.

There is a common belief that people become resilient because of the hardships they suffer. In fact, the reverse is true: having certain features in place right ...

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