In 2008, US women’s soccer team’s Abby Wambach broke her left leg in an exhibition match—just before she was supposed to head to the 2008 Summer Olympics with the team as its leading scorer. She missed that year’s Games, but would go on to help the team win at the next Olympics in 2012 and is now celebrating the US team’s FIFA World Cup championship over Japan. On Friday, New York City was hosting a ticker-tape parade to celebrate the team’s victory.
Take the Harvard Business Review’s assessment here:
Uh, oh. Did you receive a low score? Don’t worry. Resilience can be learned.
Resilience helped Wambach overcome her injury and become the all-time top scorer for the US national team. But it’s useful in more than just athletics. Experts say resilience a key trait for any career.
But what if you’ve never experienced much adversity? Or if you’re not entirely sure how resilient you really are? Harvard Business Review has a handy self-assessment that aims to measure your strengths and weaknesses on three key areas of resilience: challenge, control and commitment.
Challenge: Score high on challenge and it means that you embrace change and view it as the norm. You’re OK with the idea that stability isn’t a way of life. You think of setbacks as learning opportunities rather than closed doors and are able to turn difficult events into favourable ones.
Control: A high score in the control category shows your ability to distinguish between the things you can and cannot control both in your professional and personal life. You can use humour to effectively handle emotionally difficult situations. That good grasp on your own limits can help create work-life balance and avoid burnout.
Commitment: The commitment category highlights how engaged you are with the world around you. A high score indicates that you are fully aware of the things that bring meaning to your life. You’re more likely to be someone who spends time with people you love and someone who develops hobbies and habits that help you be more present in your life outside of work.
People seen as highly resilient score highly in all three categories.
Never fear! If you’re weak in any of them, it turns out that, for many people, resilience can be learned.
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