Resilience matters more than talent

What is the secret to building an empire from scratch?

Well, for us, it is clear. It is not the talent, knowledge or the experience that makes businesses grow. But it is the wisdom, courage and strength to overcome difficulties in an entrepreneur’s journey that makes the difference. It is the virtue of resilience.

Resilience is the virtue that enables people to move through hardship and become better. It is a way of growing wisdom, courage and strength from pain, fear and suffering.

For good and for bad, entrepreneurs choose a life of hardship. We choose a life that will hopefully be marked by joy, achievement and satisfaction. But almost inevitably this journey comes with confusion, chaos, fear and disappointment. It will challenge us to the bone.

Building something from scratch isn’t easy. Actually, building our own venture from zero has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. And this is not because I was inexperienced or didn’t have a clear roadmap, but because i didn’t fully understand what resilience was about.

Given the increasingly volatile and complex world full of rapid changes, we need to learn how to adapt to new changes and deal with difficulties fast.

And I don’t mean survive the adversities, but to thrive from every challenge.

Unfortunately life does not come with a map. Everyone will experience challenges with twists and turns. During our entrepreneurial journey we will encounter many failures. From all sizes and colours.

These challenges will bring change and with change will come strong emotions and staggering uncertainty. But thanks to resilience, we are able to adapt to these changes.

Some people get stuck and don’t recover and others breakthrough. As much as resilience involves “bouncing back” from these difficult experiences, it mainly involves a profound personal growth. A breakthrough doesn’t mean to get back to where you started, it means to go through a change. Resilient people end up integrating hard experiences into their lives in a way that makes them a better.

There are many aspects of your life you can control, modify and eventually grow with. That’s the role of resilience. Becoming more resilient not only helps you get through difficult circumstances, it also empowers you to grow and even improve your life along the way.

If you want to focus on one only skill to thrive in your life and business: resilience is what you want to aim for. For us, what you need to be resourceful. and we show you how:

Develop a growth mindset.

When we are facing adversities, it may be difficult to look at it as a learning opportunity and not a failure. But this is the moment we need to nurture a ‘can do’, optimistic and positive mindset. It is all about being adaptable, embracing change and motivating others while in periods of transition.

  • Embrace healthy thoughts:

Make sure you keep things in perspective, accept change and learn from your past. Remind yourself that what happened isn’t an indicator of how your future will be. You may not be able to change what happened but you can change how you see and respond to it.

Focus on what you can change and accept what you cannot. Try visualising what you want rather than worrying about what you fear. Remind yourself of where you have been able to find strength before and what you’ve learned from past experiences. 

  • Practice self-compassion:

Confront our own suffering with an attitude of warmth and kindness without judgement. Being hard on yourself will not help you maintain a growth mindset in the long run. It may activate you because of the anger that you are feeling, but it will not help you be prepared for new adversities. Self-compassion is very powerful as a way of conforming a healthy identity. And will be your weapon to help you grow and not just ‘bounce back’ from any situation. It will make you be solid as a rock. You will see yourself as a fighter. 

Find support. 

Make sure you surround yourself with real social support and that you take time to take care of yourself. Support can be found from others but also from yourself. 

  • Build healthy connections:

Focus on trustworthy and compassionate relationships that validate your feelings. This is important because you will only feel supported when people really listen and understand how you feel. You create a space of confidence. Also, in the outer circles of your family and friends you can find support and help. Being active in community based groups and other local organisations can provide the support you need. Remember, you’re not alone in the midst of difficulties. 

  • Foster self-wellness:

This may sound obvious, but somethings we overlook take care of mind and our body. Make sure you get enough sleep, proper nutrition, hydrate enough and practice regular exercise. Also, practicing mindfulness, journalling, meditating or praying can help you focus on things you are grateful for and stop ruminating over negative things that happen to you.

Connect with your purpose.

Remember why you are doing what you are doing and the difference you are making or want to make. This will help us keep our focus on what is important and keep perspective of the overall situation. 

  • Find purpose:

If you have not yet found your purpose, take this opportunity to self-discover your why. This is about helping others, being proactive towards a bigger cause and moving towards your goals. From my own experience, volunteering has helped me get a sense of purpose and self-worth. So maybe you can try it as well, if not already. 

  • Face your fears:

As hard as it sounds and as scary as it gets, exposing yourself to things that scare you is the best therapy. You only need to expose yourself in a small scale. And as soon as you see yourself overcoming the fear, trust me, you will start feeling invincible. You will begin to see things in perspective and see new you. 

We grow in rough times and we learn from our mistakes. It is never easy, but we learn how to survive and thrive. The key is to be psychologically resourceful. We are convinced that even the smallest accomplishments give you a sense of progress and more appreciation for life.

So we invite you to foster self-discovery and ask yourself ‘what can I do about my current situation in my life now? If you would like to share your thoughts on this, please leave a comment below!

As always, thank you for reading this and sharing it. Feel free to read more on my blog here.

All the best in your entrepreneurial venture!

Naomi Rodriguez