How To Be More Resilient in the Face of Adversity (Podcast Episode 14)


It’s hard to imagine being successful at anything without having to fight some battles and face some adversity along the way. The toll those battles take on you can be devastating – if you allow it. So building up your resilience to adversity seems like a pretty important ingredient to success. It is like putting on a suit of armor to protect you in battle.

Some people appear to be much more resilient than others. The same adversity that devastates one person, rolls off another like water off a duck. Why is that? Wouldn’t it be nice to know how to be more resilient?

That is the subject of this podcast – and my guest is Steven Southwick, MD and author of the book Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges. I guess you could say he “wrote the book” on resilience. In our discussion, he reveals some interesting findings on effective ways to be more resilient that include altruism and even physical exercise and more.

In his research he  interviewed US Army Special Forces soldiers – a group known for their resilience – and reveals their secret to being resilient in the face of real, honest to God battle.

Dr. Steven Southwick

Dr. Steven Southwick

Dr. Southwick defines resilience this way:

“Resilience is the ability to bend but not break and to bounce back from adversity and often to continue to grow.”

Lack of resilience is linked to a host of health problems, mental and physical. So this is important information for everyone who feels stressed out and overwhelmed. I think you will enjoy what he has to say.

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  1. Anna-MarEe Castillo says:

    GREAT interview, as always, Mike! XOXOXO

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