Qualities of resilient people

We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it’s never a question of  “critical mass.” It’s always about critical connections. —Grace Lee Boggs

Resilient people: 

• Are intentional. That is, they are “on purpose” rather than reactive.

Understand that what they do today affects tomorrow. That is, they understand that all things are connected in sometimes subtle and often profound ways.

Display integrity in all areas of life. Because they are honest and keep their promises, people trust them.

Are clear and forthright in assessing current reality, which helps them better understand the root causes of problems and evaluate the actions that are necessary to solve them.

• Align their daily actions with their values and most important goals.

• Are hopeful for a better future which they are motivated to help create.

As a result of these qualities, resilient people are influential, which in turn often thrusts them into leadership roles.

What would you add to this list?

6 Responses to “Qualities of resilient people”


  1. 1 Ann Marie Luce March 29, 2017 at 6:59 am

    I would add proactive. They anticipate challenges and have a menu of possible responses.

  2. 3 Karen March 29, 2017 at 8:08 am

    In my experience, resilient people are forgiving. That is to say that after some reflection and time for healing, they are able to let the past be the past and move forward. They are able to do this without harbouring resentment or feelings of ill will that have the potential to resurface. They also learn from bad past experiences and apply that learning in future similar scenarios thus seeing and analyzing situations realistically and responding effectively.

  3. 5 rickrepicky March 29, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I’ve not thought of distinguishing critical connections from critical mass before – great point!

    This post reminds me of Daniel Goleman’s description of “Emotional Intelligence.” The concept of EI stresses empathy as one of its 5 traits. I would add empathy.


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