If the last few years have taught me anything it’s this: the one thing you will need more than anything else – more than even proper research and interview preparation - is resiliency. Resiliency is the winner’s edge in this, or any market.
“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit”, so says Vincent Lombardi, football’s winningest coach.
Resiliency – the Winner’s Edge
Winners share one special quality - resiliency. As defined by The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language:
For our purposes, resiliency quite simply is the ability to take disappointment or “take a hit” as Vince Lombardi would say, and get up, and keep going.
You know full well that if you were at work and you ran into an obstacle that prevented you from launching a new product or reaching a key client for information that was going to help you be more successful on the job, you’d find a way around it or through it.
Put another way, if you found out you had the winning lottery ticket in your hand with fifteen minutes left to claim the $2 million you’d find a way to do it – even if you had to walk up hill in a snow storm – both ways - with a leg cast on!
Your job search is no different and no less lucrative (40 yrs x 50K = $2 million). This is your life. Take complete charge of it. Develop your plan and then start implementing it with resiliency. Parlay your series of jobs into a purposeful career.
All around you the people who have the character and courage you admire most in life have gone through pivotal moments in their lives. Times where they’ve pushed forward and won against all odds. Whether it was a job loss, a death in the family, a health problem, or something as “simple” as getting through university, you admire them for it. That experience gave them resiliency and transformed them into winners. From that moment forward winning becomes habitual for them – and their resiliency permeates everything they do.