Ted Talk Resilience: 3 Strategies To Overcome Hardship

As a college student amid a global pandemic, I’ve experienced my fair share of obstacles and setbacks. When I was accepted to Syracuse University almost three years ago, I thought I had a clear vision of what I thought my four years would look like! I was going to study abroad in London, England, I was going to attend every sports game in person, and I would make college the best four years of my life.  

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However, as I approach my 4th and final year at SU, I’ve reflected on my experiences. While my time in college didn’t go as expected, I definitely learned a lot about myself and about my strength to overcome challenges. I’ve learned that I can still get all A’s even when my classes are all on Zoom. I’ve learned that I can still make strong connections with my friends over a screen thousands of miles away. And I’ve learned that I can find a way past any obstacle that comes in my way! 

People of all ages, backgrounds, and identities have had to adapt and learn to navigate the crazy world that we called 2020. This important and significant quality that we’ve all learned is resilience and it’s within each and every one of us. However, there are ways that we can develop our sense of resilience. Leaders of Evolution is one organization who provides unique and effective courses in resilience. We also recognize the work of others such as Lucy Hone’s Ted Talk Resilience.  

Ted Talk Resilience 

As a researcher studying the effects of adversity and the ability to bounce back, Lucy Hone is extremely knowledgeable about overcoming hardship. Not only does Hone have academic experience on the topic, but she’s also personally seen the effects. In 2014, Hone lost her 12-yeard old daughter in a car accident and struggled to find the positives among the darkness. However, Hone was able to use her education in the topic and created a Ted Talk educating people on the importance and application of resilience

In Hone’s Ted Talk Resilience, she outlines 3 main strategies that she relied upon to get through her grief and that she hopes other people can use too. 

1. Resilient People Understand That Bad Things Happen 

Realizing that suffering is part of everyday human existence rather than refusing to acknowledge tragedy is really important. Instead of asking “Why me?” and focusing on one specific hardship, people should be asking “Why not me? Terrible things happen… that’s your life now”. People struggling with grief need to realize that setbacks are the first step towards moving in a better direction! 

2. Resilient People Are Good At Choosing Where To Select Their Attention 

It’s important to understand that negatives are inevitable and that focusing on the positives will help. Instead of dwelling on the things that we cannot control, the process of resilience involves focusing on things that we can control. We are all surrounded by so many issues and problems in this world, so looking past them and having a positive mentality is beneficial.  

3. Resilient People Ask Themselves “Is What I’m Doing Helping or Harming Me?” 

Probably the most effective strategy that Hone explains in her Ted Talk resilience is evaluating your own actions. Resilient people will put themselves in the driver’s seat and in a position to control their decisions. Using these 3 strategies, Hone has helped thousands of people overcome hardships and build resilience.  

Leaders of Evolution 

Just like Hone, Leaders of Evolution works to empower individuals to face obstacles headfirst and show resilience. We create online courses, such as Hone’s Ted Talk Resilience, for students and student-athletes ages 10 to 18. Throughout all of our courses, we will equip students with certain leadership and personal development skills that they can apply to the real world.  

One of our most popular classes is the “Future Skills of the Workforce” course specifically designed for students ages 16 to 18. Our world-class e-learning course will ensure that students gain career readiness skills necessary for success in the 2030 workforce. Divided into two programs, “Building the Mindset of Workplace Excellence” and “Igniting the Leaders of Tomorrow” has proven to be engaging and effective for student education.  

Leaders of Evolution has already reached thousands of students and partnered with hundreds of schools. But we don’t want to stop there. Our goal is to reach over 100,000 student leaders and help them become 4 C’s Certified by the year 2025. Not sure if our program is right for you? Take it from someone who’s already partnered with us! Kim Bath, the Leading Teacher at Mildura Senior College, believes that “we have a responsibility to set all of our students up for success in the future and this course will help us to deliver on this vision, providing students with critical information and teachers with a resource they can leverage to enhance the learning experience.” 

Visit our website for more information, or click here to try a free taster course of our “Future Skills of the Workforce” today! 

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Interested in sports communication and digital media. Rachel loves to travel with her family, and go to concerts and music festivals with her friends. She is always interested in discovering local coffee shops and drinks tea with every meal.

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