A lot has been written about resilience, particularly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unfortunately, much of what’s out there is either too fluffy, abstract, or narrow to help you get started in a meaningful way.
As a result, I created my own library of resources to help you become more resilient.
What you’ll find below:
An in-depth guide to becoming more resilient
A workbook to teach you simple yet powerful new practices
Real insights from interviews with amazing and inspiring survivors
Discussions with other experts and resilience practitioners
Additional resources to help you keep learning and growing
Want to go deep on resilience?
Does your mind crave structure and order?
This in-depth guide was written for left-brained thinkers – the MBAs, consultants, and other professionals who appreciate bringing order out of chaos.
Take a look:
The Resilience Workbook
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Resilience in action
Want to hear from real people who found a way to thrive in the face of adversity?
The 100 Inspiring Voices podcast is exploring amazing stories of overcoming adversity.
Here are a few of my favorite stories:
Sense of purpose
“You don’t just love the person because you love them. You accept that they are non-permanent, just like you are. Just like everything is. That added this richness, and frankly beauty, to how I loved my kids and how I love people in my life.”
“Your friendship is forged through disease. Your friendship has come through this crazy time…
I feel no shame or fear in being completely honest with these people. And that’s super crazy liberating to have that.”
Faith and hope
“To be frank, the biggest source of
[resilience for me was] my faith. I’m a Christian and that faith background gives me a very strong foundation of hope.”
More from the experts
What have other experts learned about resilience and growing from adversity?
These are a few of my favorite expert-interviews from the 100 Inspiring Voices podcast:
“The process of therapy is about exploring the past and past pain, but more than that, it is about exploring and excavating people’s resilience and coping skills because when we are struggling, we forget that we have them.”
“A resilient community is a community that has worked on being resilient. It is not just a coincidence. For example the sense of belonging to the community, the leadership in the community, the sense of cohesion prior to the disaster or traumatic event.”
“The trauma that comes from those experiences loosens their grip on what they thought was true and readies them for radical change.”
Want to go even deeper on adversity, resilience, and post-traumatic growth?
I’ve included an ever-growing library of resources below for you to look through.
These are some of my favorite books about resilience:
- Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit
- Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy
- Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
- Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth by Jim Rendon
- What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth by Stephen Joseph
- The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- “5 strategies for cultivating hope this year” by Jacqueline S. Mattis at The Conversation, January 8, 2021
- “I’m a survivor! How resilience became the quality we all crave” by Emine Saner at The Guardian, November 24, 2020
- “How people learn to become resilient” by Maria Konnikova in The New Yorker, February 11, 2016
- “Building your resilience” by the American Psychological Association, 2012
- “How to raise resilient kids” by Julia Pelly in Time, March 2, 2021
- “Why you shouldn’t always look on the bright side” by Gwen Moran at Fast Company, November 19, 2020
- “Time to ditch ‘toxic positivity,’ experts say: ‘It’s okay not to be okay’” by Allyson Chiu at The Washington Post, August 19, 2020
- “The coronavirus and post-traumatic growth” by Steve Taylor at Scientific American, April 19, 2020
- “Why is nature so good for your mental health?” by Jill Suttie in Greater Good Magazine, April 19, 2019
- “Cancer at 30: Reflections on Post-Traumatic Growth” by Chris Bordoni at chrisbordoni.com, May 17, 2019
- “A guide to building a more resilient business” by Reeves and Whitaker at HBR.org, July 2, 2020
- “To Combat Adversity, Resilient Nonprofits Think Long and Short” by Meera Chary and Bill Breen at Bridgespan.org
- “The high price of efficiency” by Roger L. Martin in Harvard Business Review, January-February 2019
- “Redefining customer experience: connecting in the time of Covid-19” by Olaf Acker at Strategy + Business, April 20, 2020
- “WWII-like mobilization thrusts private sector into virus fight” by Ethan Bronner at Bloomberg, March 20, 2020
- “Starting this weekend, Walmart is converting its parking lots into free drive-in theaters” by Elaa Elassar at CNN.com, August 15, 2020
- “Crisis can spark transformation and Renewal” by Lars Faeste et al at BCG.com, April 14, 2020
Have a suggestion of your own? Send me an e-mail!