There is a thought out there that if you’re smart, you can’t lose.
That’s not quite accurate. Of course, being smart is never a bad thing. However, consider a smart person walking by is bored and is kicking rocks. He accidentally kicks a rock into a bees nest, and the bees swarm him. Is being smarter than any one particular be going to save him?
Not likely. He will get stung. He will feel pain. There will be repercussions.
This means many people who are focusing on raising their intelligence think it is the only thing that matters. Of course, resilience is part of the equation as well. Making sure to survive those bee stings is important.
However, resilience is many different things to people. It could be:
- Financial resilience. Having many different investments, marketable skills and ways of making money.
- Emotional resilience. Being able to handle the ups and downs of life.
- Physical resilience. Being able to handle a fall or some other unexpected accident.
- Organizational resilience. A company being able to handle a change to an industry, or a black swan event and be able to come out the other side.
2020 and early 2021 have shown that resilience is important. Don’t forget to think about preparing yourself in this regard, as much as you do in your intellect.