This is part 14 in the series: RESILIENCE

Resilience is like a muscle

There appears to be a gene that predicts success and resilience. Some of us, about 20%, are probably wired to resist bad things. We’re going to bounce back easier. So those of you who fall into that category, good for you.

Others of us, about 20%, are wired for not doing so well. Sorry.

The rest of us have a mixed of the genes. We have one short allele and one long allele (alleles are alternative forms of a gene). So we are kind of a mixed bag.

practice and preparation are more important than genetics

Those who are in the twenty percent who are not wired for resilience, may be thinking, “Well, I’m screwed anyway. I may as well just go crawl under a rock.” Don’t give up just yet, because there’s still hope. What we’ve discovered is that practice and preparation are more important than genetics. Resilience is like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. Your potential for resilience is less important than your practice in it.

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