The Secrets of Resilience by Meg Jay

The Secrets of Resilience by M. Jay

The Secrets of Resilience

Excerpts:

What does it take to conquer life’s adversities? Lessons from successful adults who overcame difficult childhoods

Does early hardship in life keep children from becoming successful adults? It’s an urgent question for parents and educators, who worry that children growing up in difficult circumstances will fail to reach their full potential, or worse, sink into despair and dysfunction.

….When the researchers asked these resilient adults how they understood their own success in retrospect [especially given their difficult childhoods], the majority reported that their most important asset was determination.

I am a fighter – I am determined – I will survive,” said one woman who made her way out of an abusive childhood. “I give it 100% before I give up. I will never lose hope.”

… And another who became an aerospace engineer put it this way: “I don’t let problems take control. I just pick myself up and start all over – you can always try again.”

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Beatrix Potter, Work Rejected, Self-Published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Now a Bestseller for All Time

Beatrix Potter, Work Rejected, Self-Published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Now a Bestseller for All Time

Beatrix Potter, Work Rejected, Self-Published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Now a Bestseller for All Time

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….Long before she became a popular published author, Beatrix developed a particular talent for scientific illustration by drawing and exploring fungi. In 1896, she wrote a paper on fungi reproduction titled “On the Germination of the Spores of Agaricaceae,” which, unfortunately, was rejected by the Royal Botanical Gardens.

A year later, George Masse, a fungi expert from Kew gardens in London, presented her work to the Linnean Society of London, a place where Beatrix, being a woman, was not permitted to present it herself. Nevertheless, scientists today recognize and appreciate her contribution to mycology.

The male members of the scientific milieu in England were not the only ones who ignored Beatrix’s aspirations. Her family also disapproved, believing that a proper, respectable lady must eventually marry and certainly mustn’t work.

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This Is the Best Way to Recover From Failure by Julia Zorthian

This Is the Best Way to Recover From Failure by Julia Zorthian

This Is the Best Way to Recover From Failure by Julia Zorthian

Excerpt:

Embracing the sting of failure may not sound enjoyable — but new research shows it’s the best way to learn from mistakes.

A study in the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making found that people who ruminated on their emotions about failure were likely to try harder to correct their mistakes than those who made excuses or didn’t let their failures bring them down.

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He tried and failed to turn his talent for throwing a football into stability. Now, at 48, he’s trying again.

He tried and failed to turn his talent for throwing a football into stability. Now, at 48, he’s trying again.

He tried and failed to turn his talent for throwing a football into stability. Now, at 48, he’s trying again.

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….Most of all, perhaps, Marinovich is held up as a cautionary tale, widely depicted as a victim of his father’s attempt to engineer a star athlete with intense physical training.

Now, the old quarterback is experiencing a midlife crisis in the lower rungs of football that is as intriguing as it is desperate.

 “We knew you’re crazy,” Marinovich says of the reaction from loved ones when he told them he was going to suit up for the SoCal Coyotes, a team in the World Developmental League. “Now it’s confirmed.”

But, in some ways, this makes sense, even as it creates odd scenes like Marinovich being tutored by a teammate half his age. Sports provide the structure, demand the discipline and establish the goals that can benefit a chronic substance abuser.

“I really haven’t known how to deal with life,” Marinovich said.

Marinovich has tried before, with little success, to parlay his talent for throwing a football into happiness and stability.

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Actor Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson’s Inspirational Story – He Doesn’t Want People to Give Up on Their Dreams

Actor Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson’s Inspirational Story – He Doesn’t Want People to Give Up on Their Dreams

There are many different videos you can catch of Dwayne Johnson (“The Rock”) discussing his background, and how he overcame obstacles to find success.

In the videos I saw, Johnson talked about growing up in poverty. His father worked as a professional wrestler, and his mother worked as a cleaning lady.

At one point, when he was a kid, his family was so broke, they couldn’t pay their apartment rent anymore and were evicted.

I’m just going to present you with a few examples here (at the bottom of this page) – if you go to You Tube and search for Johnson’s name, you can find many more.

First, here are some web pages about his background and other things:

How The Rock went from failed football player to the highest-paid actor in Hollywood

How ‘The Rock’s’ failures propelled him to success 

Dwayne Johnson shares inspiring story of his battle with depression

How Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Came Back From Rock Bottom

The Rock shares inspiring message about failure

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson shares inspiring message for people with depression

The Drive (and Despair) of The Rock: Dwayne Johnson on His Depression, Decision to Fire Agents and Paul Walker’s Death

His movies grossed $1.3 billion last year. Now the underestimated A-lister attempts to own summer again as he reveals how he rebooted his career and the bouts of depression that pushed him: “Eventually you are all cried out.”

..His five releases in 2013 together reaped $1.3 billion — more than any other star’s box office last year — making him, at least as far as his Hercules and San Andreas producerBeau Flynn is concerned, “the biggest star around.”

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Al Gore’s Movie, a Sequel, About Climate Change and the Environment, Flops at the Box Office

Al Gore’s Movie About Climate Change and the Environment Flops at the Box Office

Gore’s New Movie Flops at the Box Office

Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ meets with cool reception, placing 15th at box office

Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” drew a lukewarm response from moviegoers, ranking 15th at the box office in its first weekend of wide release and earning tepid reviews from audiences.

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To Make Better Decisions, Ask Yourself ‘What,’ Not ‘Why’ by Tasha Eurich

To Make Better Decisions, Ask Yourself ‘What,’ Not ‘Why’ by Tasha Eurich

To Make Better Decisions, Ask Yourself ‘What,’ Not ‘Why’ by Tasha Eurich

Excerpts:

Why questions draw us to our limitations; what questions help us see our potential. Why questions stir up negative emotions; what questions keep us curious. Why questions trap us in our past; what questions help us create a better future.

….Indeed, making the transition from why to what can be the difference between victimhood and growth.

….Asking what instead of why forces us to name our emotions, a process that a strong body of research has shown to be effective. The simple act of translating our emotions into language—versus simply experiencing them—can stop our brains from activating our amygdala, the fight-or-flight command center, and this in turn helps us stay in control. If this sounds too simple to be true, try naming your feelings for a week and see what you notice.