How does it feel to fail again and again?
When Thomas Edison, arguably America's greatest inventor, was asked why he had failed so many times, he replied:
In bringing us the light bulb, the phonograph, the motion picture camera (and much more*), just consider for a moment the number of setbacks Edison must have encountered and overcome along the way ... yet he still managed to become the genius behind not one but many inventions that have changed the way people all over the world live today.
We can learn a lot about Edison's attitude towards failure from his response to the question.
People with enhanced mental and emotional resilience - such as Edison - are better able to overcome setbacks, tackle stress and stretch themselves, perpetually striving to reach their goals.
They generally fulfil their greatest potential and often feel on top of the world.
There are things you can do to improve your own mental resilience. Here are three:
- Practice positive thinking - we all encounter setbacks, it's how we deal with them that sets us apart. Don't let negative thoughts derail your efforts. There's a lesson to be learned in every setback - focus on that and move forward
- Consider your response - remain calm and find a way out of a challenge rather than panic or react negatively. The chances are, your response, either good or bad, will influence that of others in your team
- Work on your self-confidence - this will help you continually progress, through good times and bad, safe in the knowledge that success is around the corner
We look at the above techniques and much more in our forthcoming wokrshop on Positive Psychology, Strengths & Resilience. We're now taking bookings for 2 dates available next year - these are:
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* NOTE: A prolific inventor, Edison was said to hold 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.
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