Are You Resilient?

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There’s no denying that the world is a crazy, fast-paced place, and it only seems to get more chaotic with each passing week! What seems safe, secure, and dependable one day may be gone the next.


Unfortunately, we cannot plan for every conceivable misfortune, and we would wear ourselves out if we tried! But one thing we can do is learn to be resilient.


Seth Godin wrote about resilience in one of his recent blog posts, “In Search of Resilience.” In the post he listed four different approaches to resilience:


  • Don’t need it
    • Intentionally stripping away dependencies on things you can no longer depend on is the single best preparation to change.”
  • Invest in a network
    • When your neighbor can lend you what you need, it’s far easier to survive losing what you’ve got.”
  • Create backups
    • “[Backup] anything that’s essential to your career, your family or your existence.”
  • Build a moat
    • We’re tempted to isolate ourselves from change, by building a conceptual or physical moat around our version of the future. Better, I think, to realize that volatility is the new normal.”


The last approach, “Build a moat,” is what Godin calls “the silly one,” noting that “Putting all your eggs in one basket and watching the basket really carefully isn’t nearly as effective as the other alternatives. Not when the world gets crazy.”


How about you, which approach do you think is most effective or essential in a constantly changing world?


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