Resilience: A Lesson from Sochi

by Sydney Finkelstein

Did you see American figure skater, Jeremy Abbott, crash to the ice during the short programme at the Sochi Olympics, rolling into the wall, clutching his side in pain? Maybe you also saw him get up just 10 seconds later, and continue his skate — despite the pain, embarrassment and fear.

All I could think was: this kid’s got guts.

In business we have a word for it — resilience. It’s often the secret sauce that separates the highest achievers from the mass of people who are perfectly capable, but not exceptional. If doctors could prescribe resilience . . .

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