The 8000 word resilience article is a self-published piece that I recently published as a short guide on Amazon Kindle. It explores the psychological phenomenon of resilience, what it is and is not, and how we can build it in ourselves.
I've always been a bit of a tough nut, a resilient sort. On reflection, I can't say why that is exactly, but it is most likely due to early life experience, with some genetics thrown in for good measure. That's not to say I've always come up smelling of roses–on the contrary! Nor does it mean I have always succeeded. It's more often quite the opposite.
Regardless, it has always been my interest to try get the best possible outcome from the task and that usually means pushing boundaries, and failing. At work, in business and sport, the task in and of itself, was worth the effort and challenge regardless of the outcome. In fact, negative outcomes were, and are still, likely to serve as fuel for further attempts.