Why Workouts Work For Your Resilience

Are you a morning exerciser or evening exerciser? In The Resilience Advantage I point out that, in many situations, people who exercise in the morning do so to get an extra burst of energy going for their day while folks who exercise in the evening often do so to blow off steam after a stressful day. Regardless of when you exercise, it is always good for you physically and for building your resilience. In a recent article in New York Magazine, author Brad Stulberg cites research conducted in the UK showing how professional cyclists performed better than recreational cyclists in tests related to demonstrating an ability to use heightened “will power” to successfully manage the stress of a situation. It Read More

Say a Prayer

When we like to talk about skills associated with building resilience—creating the right mindset, building body wisdom, connecting with community, for many of us creating hope is often a default to dealing with our sometimes unbelievable challenges and adversities. This past Sunday, I attended a prayer vigil at Freedom Corner up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Led by local ministers, community and elected leaders, and law enforcement officers, the speakers talked about the need to find a path to the cessation of the shootings we’ve seen over these past few weeks. “Black on black, blue on black, black on blue—it’s praying time,” said Reverend Glenn Grayson. Seeking a way to help everyone, the minister first invited children to join him in Read More

Your Resilience Bank Account

It is much easier to be resilient to your big and small challenges if you have a little bit saved up in your resilience bank account. Like a rainy day fund that you might use to help pay for a car repair or for that extra vacation, having some assets (whether they be financial, intellectual or emotional) in the bank will help you weather the worst of the storms. In the model we discuss in The Resilience Advantage, my co-author, Alan Weiss and myself call that “Preparation and Building Hardiness.” There are lots of ways to get ready for the inevitable tough stuff coming your way. Some of these include: Anticipating and planning for predictable challenges. Leave for the airport Read More


My first mistake of the day was to forget to take our puppy Cody out for a last pee before I put him to bed at 12:15 AM earlier today. He decided, instead, that it would be better to pee on the carpet in front of his crate than on the carpet in his crate. I got to spend an extra few minutes cleaning up the mess before I got to bed. I’m sure this won’t be my only blunder for the next 24 hours. Call them errors, missteps, failures, gaffes, screw-ups or boo-boos, we are all going to make our share of them today and everyday. What we learn from them makes the difference between whether we merely bounce Read More