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Resilience – My closest friend in covid times!

Source | | Clifford Mohan Pai

Have you ever wondered why some individuals face stressful situations and yet emerge centered and serene? And even when they falter they come across as learning from the situation. So, why do some people suffer real hardships and not falter? Somewhere I get the impression it is all to do with what I call RQ – the Resilience Quotient. 

Recently I was invited to speak about RESILIENCE at a forum to address 70+ senior business industry leaders. As I started my preparation, two celebrity Leaders came to mind instantly – Sheryl Sandberg and Ariana Huffington. These two leaders have been vocal about the importance of resilience through their own unique experiences and how this one attribute is going to carry us forward especially in these Covid times. 

What is Resilience? 

Every time I face a crisis or unprecedented situation, I am reminded of this quote “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient”. This thought resonated with me every time I watched the protagonist Thakur of Sholay struggle to get justice for his family members who were brutally murdered by the villain (Gabbar). With no hands, no army in place; he placed his trust in two small-time thieves who would be inspired to fight on his behalf. What an irony, yet Thakur managed to take his revenge while exhibiting resilience at various points of time – he believed in himself. 

How does Resilience matter?

It is no surprise that resilience is part of our character and therefore influences our professional and personal life. In other words, our grit, gumption and gall have the propensity to not just lower our depression levels but more importantly help us bounce back. But this has to be backed by strong relationships at home and outside. These interactions assist us in getting a perspective and then help us to alter the magnitude of the challenge we may be facing. Sometimes discussing, engaging and empathising with others helps one realise that their situation is not as bad as it seems. And in fact, these interactions may motivate us to look forward rather than sulk in the current situation. 

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