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How Resilience Works

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Why do some people suffer hardships and not falter? Why do some buckle under pressure, while others bounce back? Are we predisposed to resiliency by genetics? Through her research, Diane Coutu has found almost all theories about resiliency overlap in 3 ways. Resilient people and organizations possess three characteristics: a staunch acceptance of reality, a deep belief stemming from values, and the ability to improvise. To learn more about how these qualities influence resiliency, read the article below.

How Resilience Works

When I began my career in journalism-I was a reporter at a national magazine in those days-there was a man I'll call Claus Schmidt. He was in his mid-fifties, and to my impressionable eyes, he was the quintessential newsman: cynical at times, but unrelentingly curious and full of life, and often hilariously funny in a sandpaper-dry kind of way.

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