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Resilience, 5 tips to survive in a liquid society

Resilience can mean the difference between losing your cool and managing your pressure. It refers to how well we can manage the difficulties of life and job.

Resilient people seem to be born with the ability to overcome setbacks with relative ease and survive in this “liquidsociety, as Bauman was telling us in his books.

—Start

A couple days ago I was at lunch, on a beautiful Sunday in March, passing time with my siblings, nieces, and nephews.

Watching the children play, I was shocked by how different we are as children in confronting problems and in being amazed by simple things. They are amazed by everything and they have fun with everything, with a game using only their hands or with the color of a marker, they confront difficulties with joy, they find fun in debates, they want to win at any cost, but they laugh and they smile, no stress, no phony strategy, no jealousy, if they win or lose, it doesn’t matter, they begin again!

And then? What happens to us when we stop playing and we compare ourselves with society, “liquid society” as Bauman described it?

Social stratification reflects a market that’s always in motion, that changes quickly, and matures the level of our competencies at a much slower rate than what we need to construct them at, it’s absurd!

According to a study by the European Center for Professional Training, obsolescence of competencies is emphasized in western societies that are maturing. It affects 31% of workers between the age of 50 and 55, with percentages that go from 23% in Finland to 32% in Hungary, while it decreases to 21% for people between the age of 30 and 39. Such a phenomenon could be a natural consequence of aging. However, older workers or those in their “silver years” are also at risk of economic obsolescence of competencies. The survey observed that around 19% of workers between 50 and 55 years old believe their own competency to be exceeded by the technological developments of the last two years.

Without speaking about industrial, economic, and social consequences due to new “waves” like Industry 4.0 it’s necessary to keep up with the times, constantly staying up-to-date and competent to be able to be desirable to the world of work.

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient”
[Steve Maraboli]

But how? I believe that the concept of Resilience is useful in this context. I am convinced that, today more than ever, one needs to be resilient, that is knowing how to confront and overcome a traumatic event or a period of difficulty drawing on our capacity to adapt to situations, novelty, and change.

There are a couple techniques that we can talk about: some are evergreen, while others are more avant-garde. Let’s go through them together:

Advice 01
Reading

Reading is traveling and traveling means having experiences and experiences are resilience!

This shouldn’t be misunderstood. Reading for the sake of reading is a wonderful pastime, but the competencies acquired by reading the Harry Potter series, or by tens upon tens of romance novels will not be so great.

The genre one should dedicate themselves to is “non-fiction,” or really to any books that don’t recount a story, but that teach one how to solve problems. Some authors? Kiyosaki, Lok, Robbins, and Rohn, to cite a few.

The idea is to immerse oneself inside positive worlds that bring with them some practical advice to confront economic, relational, and work life.

Literature is an indispensable instrument, if one wants to grow their own competencies.

Advice 02
Training ourself in a ubiquitous way

Training is resilience.

How many of us would like to learn without the limits of space or time, without needing to go to a classroom from 3pm to 5pm on Wednesdays and Fridays? How much would we like to choose what is best for us, trying things, changing ideas and changing course? How much would we like to have a debate with qualified people, professionals other than teachers, someone that has really put their hands in the pasta and has experience in the field? 

Well, why not think about online learning portals that proliferate on the web (and APP), like UdemyQuoraCreativeLive, EdX, etc. There are even some in Italy and in Italian and they are spreading quickly.

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Advice 03
Actively attend seminars

Knowing is one thing, touching it with your hand is another.

Seminars are an important path towards the acquisition of new abilities, because they help tie the theory studied through books, long distance training and other materials, to practice. Not only this but participating in live events will contribute to the creation of one’s own relational network and will allow for human interaction that’s impossible to get over the internet.

Knowledge means resilience.

This will open up professional opportunities both for the present and for the future and is a guaranteed ticket to never be alone in the market.

In fact, professional isolationism is not a good strategy and, even if it allows one to focus for a brief time on one’s goals, avoiding distractions that human relationships can bring, in the long term one will feel the absence of connections, because of the way the contemporary market works.

Advice 04
Put yourself in the game

Having learned the theory that’s behind a competency, it’s fundamental to put yourself in the game and touch the field with your hand.

When you have competence in something, you have resilience in life.

This doesn’t mean only participating in masterminds or seminars, but is concerned with, in a more general sense, researching opportunities in which to put this new competency into practice.

For example, after learning a language, one can attend linguistic cafes or bars where foreign languages are spoken, in order to keep up training and confirm if one is able to keep up a conversation.

Advice 05
Focus

Focus on your personal development means focus on your entire life. This focus gives you resilience.

What is really important in your personal development? Personal development is a lifelong process—which is why it is sometimes described as ‘lifelong learning’. In practice, although it can be hard to remember this, this means you do not have to do everything at once.

Use your personal vision to identify what really matters now — what you have to do first to achieve your vision — and concentrate on that.

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