Dandelion popping up from asphalt When striving to build resilience and obstacles arise, set expectations realistically, do the research and talk to people who’ve been in a similar position. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Many of us strive to the best: the best business owner, the best employee, the best parent. But we stumble along the way. Mistakes are a natural part of any journey, but it’s how one adapts and reacts that determine how resilient an individual is. But there is more to being resilient than just overcoming obstacles. How we think, accept pain and let go of things in our lives factor into resiliency. And while everyone may be stylistically different in these regards, resilience can be developed and learned.

“I think resilience is a coin that has two sides,” Alex Lickerman, author of The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self, told attendees of the recent BenefitsPRO Broker Expo in Miami, Florida. The first side deals with adversity and how well someone can thrive in the face of such an event; the flip side relates to how much determination and passion someone has when reaching a goal, regardless of the obstacles that arise. With this in mind, here are four principles Lickerman shared about learning to be resilient.

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