6  Resilience

The art of getting back up

6.1 Why does resilience matter?

As we have seen already, long-term professional success depends on a number of different factors. One of the most dominant factors is the ability to constructively process setbacks and failures. The area of research concerned with this kind of inner resistance is called resilience.

The term “resilience” comes from Latin. The verb resilere means to bounce back. The term originated from the material sciences, where it describes the capacity of a body to respond flexibly to an external impact and then to revert back to its initial shape. So, resilience could be translated as “elasticity” or the “ability to recover”. Applied to human beings, resilience describes the ability ...

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