Resilience: What if I’m the Exception?

Cathy Presland
5 min readJun 30, 2021

And what to do about it…

What If…

What is innately and universally true about resilience? And what if we strengthened that, worked with the natural systems — something akin to the idea in Taleb’s ‘antifragile’ as a friend pointed out when we had this discussion on LinkedIn.

If it’s true that there is a natural ‘regeneration’ of the human spirit then how is it possible to be the exception to resilience?

And if that’s true, then what would it mean for how we regard, and take care of ourselves, and how we support others in our circles at home and at work?

When ‘Bouncing Back’ Feels Too Much Like Hard Work…

On a recent call, we all classified themselves as pretty high on the resilience score, and when I asked, our almost universal response to ‘what does resilience mean to you?’ was the ability to ‘ bounce back ‘.

That phrase is common right? You’ve heard it before, perhaps even used it, and perhaps so much so that it becomes a platitude?

And a platitude is when we say the words but we don’t embody the meaning. I know this because, when we dug deeper in the group, questions started to come up. Questions like these:

What if I’m different to…



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