We all experience setbacks. Here's where we learn how to bounce back.

My decision to launch this newsletter came from the number one question I’m asked when I speak in public.

“How did you bounce back from all the tough spots and uncertainties you’ve encountered?”

I used to say, I don’t know, I just did.

But it made me wonder, how did I do it? I thought if I could figure it out, I could tell other people and then they might have an easier time bouncing back from their own tough times.

This lead me to research resilience and discover this quote:

“Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.”

I also discovered that the word bounce comes from the Latin word for resilience. Cool right? I thought so and promptly lost several more hours of my life scouring Google.

Almost immediately I learned that for some reason (genetics?) I’m a darn good bouncer. But more importantly, I learned that

anyone can become a darn good bouncer.

People who actively build their resilience muscle (as I like to call it), navigate, and emerge from uncertain times stronger and healthier, more optimistic, and open to new options and opportunities than those who don’t.

So how do we build our resilience muscle? Well, that’s where Building Resilience comes in. Once a week, delivered straight to your inbox, you’ll receive easily actionable tips and information that’ll help you build resilience. And, down the road, I plan to publish my new book, BOUNCE: A Memoir of Resilience, right here. Subscribers will be the first to receive it.

Strengthen your resilience muscle daily and when life gets tough, you’ll have what it takes to bounce back and stay back. I hope you’ll join me on this journey by subscribing, and I hope you’ll invite others to do so, too.

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"Because life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce." Vivian Komari


Susan McCorkindale

Writer, author, editor, TEDx speaker. Forever Jersey Girl.