• Bill Herndon

Failure #4: Not Developing Resilience

If it were easy to make it in the industry, everyone would be here. The reality is that it takes a certain level of fortitude to navigate these waters while facing constant rejection and still having confidence in your craft – much less yourself! Although, this may not be the case all the time as life is constantly filled with hill and valley moments. The key to this is being able to weather the storm despite the obstacles.

Are you prepared both Emotionally and Physically? As you prepare to embark on a professional career in the entertainment business it’s super important that you are in top shape physically and emotionally. This is a tough business and it can wear on you both physically and mentally so you want to make sure you have a balanced approach. Working out on a regular basis, having a strong support system of friends and loved ones who are also going to be honest with you and not just tell you what you want to hear are some of the most crucial elements of success.

Resiliency is a learnable skill

Resilience is a crucial ingredient–perhaps the crucial ingredient–to a happy, healthy life. More than anything else, it's what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us down, from battling an illness, to bolstering a marriage, to carrying on after a national crisis. Everyone needs resilience. Karen Reivich is an expert psychologist, the director of the Penn Resilience Program (PRP) and PERMA™ Workshops, as well as the co-author of The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life's Hurdles. The book shares seven proven techniques for enhancing our capacity to weather even the cruelest setbacks.

According to Karen Reivich, resilience is like any learned skill, it can be honed and improved. It may also depend on the situation. For instance, you may feel more resilient when confronting challenges at work than you do in relationships.

Recognizing where you can use more resilience can help you strengthen those weaknesses.

A free introductory course is available through Coursera, here.

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"Resilience isn't an all or nothing. It comes in amounts. And no matter how resilient you are today, you can become more resilient tomorrow." – Karen Reivich
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