Resilience – The attributes of successful people

In terms of resilience some people with age become grumpy, bitter and blunt, (which is not a firm of solicitors run by Snow White and her seven friends) but the way they choose to behave after experiencing the challenges of life.

As I write this today (19th June 2023) I celebrate 34 years in business self employed. Has it been a fun and smooth ride all the way? NO!!!

Could I have done without the struggles and pains? OF COURSE I COULD!!!

I’d have every right to be grumpy, bitter and blunt but there’s one more question to ask.

If I had to do it all again would I change any of it? Strangely, NO!!!

I didn’t like the difficult bits and I wouldn’t wish difficulties on anyone but it’s the challenges that have made me the person I am today.

I’m not saying there’s no room for improvement because there is. I’m far from perfect. The fact is, even though I’m still a work in progress, I actually like who I am.

The odd thing is we learn more from challenge and failure than we do from success. And, thanks to the challenges and failures the successes and good times are not only appreciated more but there are also many more of them.

Writing this missal a year before my coral anniversary in 2024, I’ve reflected on what I think are the most important attributes for longevity when running a solo business, possibly to get through the trials and tribulations of life even.

As I pondered, coincidently I received inspiration from two films about two very different people and yet they both possessed the same basic attributes.

The first film was ‘The Darkest Hour’ about Winston Churchill and the second film was ‘Eddie The Eagle’ about Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards. You can’t get two personalities who are more different and yet they had two things in common.

Firstly, when nobody else believed in them, they chose to believe in themselves. Secondly, they were tenacious and kept going until they reached their goal.

I’m not sure if somebody is trying to tell me something but shortly after receiving inspiration from those two films I also saw Gerald Ratner deliver a speech about his rise and fall and rise again in business. He too had massive self-belief in his darkest hour and is tenacious.

The message? Know what you want to achieve, stay focussed on your goal and keep going.

By the way, there was one other thing they had in common. They each found allies (at least one person) who gave them the moral support they needed during the times they felt down.

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