n an earlier post, we narrated the story of Honda to highlight the importance of always being in motion as you gravitate towards your destiny and purpose. I will not hesitate to restate the facts surrounding this incredible visionary even with the risk of repeating myself. In that post, the message I was driving home is that at times, a setback gives you a hint of where your purpose could or could not be. It is important to discern.
resiliencerɪˈzɪlɪəns/nounnoun: resilience; noun: resiliency; plural noun: resiliencies
- the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.“the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions”
- the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.“nylon is excellent in wearability, abrasion resistance and resilience”
synonyms: flexibility, pliability, suppleness, plasticity, elasticity, springiness, spring, give;durability, ability to last, strength, sturdiness, toughness“he uses different types of vertical and cross strings in his rackets for added resilience”strength of character, strength, toughness, hardiness;adaptability, buoyancy, flexibility, ability to bounce back;informal: bouncebackability“she displayed an indomitable resilience in the face of misfortune”
antonyms: rigidity, fragility, vulnerability, weakness
He invented the motorbike not because he set out to, but because he chose to be resilient. The motorbike is the perfect example of an invention that was stumbled on as man exercised his resilience. It is incredible. It is not like the rocket that was invented to go to the moon. It was rather intentional. Rockets are not used daily, but motorbikes are. Indeed, when we choose resilience over giving in to setbacks, we become innovative. They said that:
Necessity is the mother of invention
I couldn’t agree more.
Interesting antonyms for the word “resilience” include: rigidity, weakness, fragility and vulnerability.
“Every game is composed of two parts, an outer game and an inner game”
Resilience gives you a strong inner game. That strong inner game comes with you exercising your resilience at every turn of a setback. This strength is normally an internal strength. It does not talk about your physical muscles and all of that. The greatest strength is internal. That’s why they normally say,
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog that counts”
In your pursuit of purpose, you will inevitably face tremedous opposition, heartaches, sorrows and setbacks. Winston Churchill famously called it “Sweat, blood and tears”. Resilience is what connects you from your vision to your purpose. Without it, Myles Munroe’s saying that the riches place on earth is the graveyard always comes true. Many people tried but never finished because they lacked resilience.