Chapter 9. Resilience

Resilience is related to perseverance. Both are needed for success. As talked about in Chapter 1, perseverance is an essential part of self-discipline. To persevere means to refuse to stop. It means to maintain a state of unbending and unyielding movement toward an outcome. You keep on going no matter what.

Resilience is a broader concept and means that you are doing the things you need to do to give yourself the ability to bounce back from setbacks. Resilience includes fueling yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually so that you have the ability to keep going after failure, illness, death of a loved one, and other crises. All of these things happen along the road to success. Only people who bounce back from them will succeed in the long run.

Resilience is about proactively recognizing that there will be ups and downs on the path to success and learning how to use both the good and hard days to keep going and growing. It requires that you give sincere thought to what is most important to you in your life and make decisions to give time to these things. It also requires that you make smart decisions on a daily basis to refill your energy reservoirs.

A shining example of what resilience looks like is Lance Armstrong. He made history by winning the Tour de France, the most demanding bicycle race in the world, seven times in a row.

He also is known for his extraordinary battle against and victory over testicular cancer. His ability to beat the odds ...

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