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Updated: Oct 30, 2021



Rarely are people innately resilient - many of us have to work at it. Yet founders need to push through countless challenges often with limited support.


Resilience starts by concentrating on what you control and forgiving any behaviors caused by stress. Here are some areas to recognize: Insight - List the stressors within you and found in the world, simply naming them without passing judgement. This self-awareness can derive from meditation, reflection, or people who offer perspective.*

Adaptability - Identify your own ideas and preconceptions and be open to change them. Change can be upsetting. Understand how altering your thoughts and behaviors will cause discomfort and recognize both the pros and cons to acting differently.

Flexibility - Expect obstacles to your plans. Knowing there will be challenges may allow you to focus on the journey versus obsess on the destination. This mindset makes moving through life easier.

Compassion - Forgive yourself for not always acting like the person you want to be. Then realize most others are also trying to do better before immediately reacting to their behavior.

Optimism - Define the meaning and purpose in your life. Write them down and keep them close in order to emphasizes their importance. Be grateful that you have made it through adversity and keep learning.

โ€œLife doesnโ€™t get easier, we get more resilient.โ€ โ€• Steve Maraboli

With a resilient mindset, you're ready to move towards your dreams. Here are some actions to strengthen resiliency.


Positive Self-Talk โ€“ Face stress with the confidence that while you may not control your circumstances, you can find ways to take control of your life and your response. Treat yourself the same as you would a friend. What advice would you give to someone you love? That's you.


Connect with Positive People โ€“ Review your current relationships and increase the time spent with supportive people. Simultaneously, distance from anyone who fails to support you.


Help People โ€“ Find a way to help others. This will reinforce your value and allow you to learn. You must be willing to ask for help too whether specific advice or general props.

โ€œThe most selfish thing you can do in this world is help someone else, because of the gratification." โ€“ Denzel Washington

Nourish Yourself โ€“ Add times to take care of yourself into your current schedule. Actually block periods in your calendar for exercise, healthy eating, connecting with others, and at least one fun activity every week.


Persistence - Keep practicing the resilience mindset and actions with intention. If you are not seeing desired results in any area, make changes or seek professional advice.



Success is a long game. Even if you realize your dreams as a founder, life is worthless if you are scared and dejected. Before creating the best company, build the best you by becoming more resilient.


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* For more on self-awareness, see this post:

https://www.webuildscalegrow.com/post/self-awareness-is-critical


This photo is by Matthew Henry who can be found here: https://bit.ly/3vZl522

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