3 Ways To Be More Resilient… and get ahead in your career!

Published: July 13, 2011
By: Faye Hollands

If you take a look at the careers of Michael Jordan, J.K. Rowling, Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney and Donald Trump they’ve  ALL experienced some pretty big ‘failures’ over the years.  From being $1billion in debt, to constantly being rejected, these hugely successful people have bounced back from scenarios that would send a lot of people packing.  Significantly, there’s one common trait that’s kept them going when times got tough, and it’s the key to building a successful career…

Bounce Back

History is littered with great examples of people who have achieved fabulous successes despite terribly tough journey’s to the top.  But you don’t have to be on a quest for stardom to put into practice one of the most important strategies required for career success.

Regardless of your goals, if you want to keep moving forward resilience is one of the most important skills to build in order to get ahead in your career.  Why?  Because there will always be knock-backs and times when things don’t go to plan.   But your ability to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move forward is what will set you apart from those who would prefer to dwell on the setbacks.

So what can you do if you need to build up your resilience levels?   Here are three tips that will help you flex those muscles more successfully:-

1.  Grow

Instead of viewing a challenge as a roadblock, it’s important to learn from the situation and use it as an opportunity to grow.  Challenges are NOT negative, nor are they a reflection on your self-worth.

  • What can you learn from the challenges you are dealing with right now? Take what you can learn and move forward – this is not a paralysing event.

2.  Commit

To show greater resilience you must know what you want to achieve, and be committed to doing just that.   If you don’t have any goals, or a sense of direction in your life, it can be very hard to show resilience when the going gets tough because your motivation levels will be below-par.

  • What would you like to achieve in your personal and professional life? Write a list of specific, timely goals that you are committed to achieving.

3.  Control

Resilient people know that they can’t control everything in their lives.  Instead they focus on what they do have personal control over instead of wasting time worrying about things that they have no power to change.

  • What uncontrollable events are you wasting time on at the moment? Put those to one side and start focusing on what you CAN control.

And if you need some examples of where people have really mastered the art of resilience here’s a little taster…

  • Donald Trump: Was $1 billion in debt in the early 1990’s and The Guinness Book of Records lists him as having the biggest financial turnaround in history.  He said “I refused to give in to the negative circumstances and I never lost faith in myself. Defeat is not in my vocabulary.”
  • Michael Jordan: “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
  • J.K. Rowling:  Author of the Harry Potter phenomenon was rejected by twelve publishers.  She said “So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable.”
  • Marilyn Monroe: In 1947, one year into her contract, Marilyn Monroe was dropped by 20th Century-Fox because her producer thought she was unattractive and could not act.
  • Sir Richard Branson: Has lost more on failed ventures that most people earn in their entire lives. He said “You fail if you don’t try.  If you try and you fail, yes, you’ll have a few articles saying you’ve failed at something.  But if you look at the history of entrepreneurs, one thing I do know about them:  An awful lot of them have tried and failed in the past and gone on to great things”


Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career and time management skills click here.

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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3 Responses to 3 Ways To Be More Resilient… and get ahead in your career!

  1. Diana

    Two thumbs up on the Resilient article. This is a personal attribute that has carried me through some tough times. And probably will be needed again somewhere in my future.

    Best Regards,

  2. Pingback: Guest Post: Marathon Runner Karen Reimann on The Importance Of Failure — Outshine Consulting


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