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How to Build Resilience for Career Success


Resilience is a person’s ability to adapt. Resilience is not just about “bouncing back” from trauma and tragedy, but also from difficult experiences at work or financial stressors. And those who are able to bounce back after stress-producing life events, large and small, are much more likely to succeed.


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The American Psychological Association lists 10 basic ways to build your resilience. An important consistency in many of their suggestions is the need to take care of yourself. People who maintain positive connections with friends and family tend to have more resilience, probably because they get emotional support from loved ones. Making positive connections at work is very beneficial for your ability to handle stressful work situations.

And, of course, self-care also involves spending time doing things you like to do. Enjoying your leisure time makes you emotionally stronger and more resilient at work.


Looking for the bright side of things also helps people build and maintain resilience. Resilience and the ability to look toward a better future go hand in hand. For example, you may have a verbally abusive boss. With resilience, you may laugh about it with a friendly co-worker and look for a better position. Without resilience, you may become dangerously depressed.


Psychology Today equates resilience with hardiness. Hardiness can be developed by focusing on what you can control. For example, if you feel stuck in a low point of your career, assess the things you can control and consider how to make changes. The opposite of control is a feeling like a victim. Develop resilience to get through stressful situations and make the necessary changes when you have the chance.

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