Dandelion popping up from asphaltWhen striving to build resilience and obstacles arise, setexpectations realistically, do the research and talk to peoplewho've been in a similar position. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Many of us strive to the best: the best business owner, the bestemployee, the best parent. But we stumble along the way. Mistakesare a natural part of any journey, but it's how one adapts andreacts that determine how resilient an individual is. But there ismore to being resilient than just overcoming obstacles. How wethink, accept pain and let go of things in our lives factor intoresiliency. And while everyone may be stylistically different inthese regards, resilience can be developed and learned.

“I think resilience is a coin that has two sides,” AlexLickerman, author of The Undefeated Mind: On the Science ofConstructing an Indestructible Self, told attendees of the recentBenefitsPRO Broker Expo in Miami, Florida. The first side dealswith adversity and how well someone can thrive in the face of suchan event; the flip side relates to how much determination andpassion someone has when reaching a goal, regardless of theobstacles that arise. With this in mind, here are four principlesLickerman shared about learning to be resilient.

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Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at [email protected].