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Word of the Day-Resilient

Word of the Day

Good afternoon!  Happy Monday to you all.  I had a glorious weekend.  How was your weekend?  I pray it was well.  This is the day that the Lord has made, choose to rejoice and be glad in it.

Word of the Day: Resilient

Resilient is defined as being capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture; or tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change(

I am learning that life is a journey filled with rejections.  However, on the other side of a “NO” is a learning experience which leads to new possibilities.  It is important to be resilient if you want to become successful in life.  No one ever said things would be easy.  God even tells us in the Word, that our days are short and filled with trouble. (Job 14:1 (NKJV)14 “Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble.)  So, you can either sulk and live a defeated life after you encounter rejection or you can dust yourself off, make the necessary adjustments  and get back into the game.

Here are some examples of resilient people:

Henry Ford: While Ford is today known for his innovative assembly line and American-made cars, he wasn’t an instant success. In fact, his early businesses failed and left him broke five times before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.

R. H. Macy: Most people are familiar with this large department store chain, but Macy didn’t always have it easy. Macy started seven failed business before finally hitting big with his store in New York City.

Charles Darwin: In his early years, Darwin gave up on having a medical career and was often chastised by his father for being lazy and too dreamy. Darwin himself wrote, “I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect.” Perhaps they judged too soon, as Darwin today is well-known for his scientific studies.

Thomas Edison: In his early years, teachers told Edison he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Work was no better, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Of course, all those unsuccessful attempts finally resulted in the design that worked.

Michael Jordan: Most people wouldn’t believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time was actually cut from his high school basketball team. Luckily, Jordan didn’t let this setback stop him from playing the game and he has stated, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”


There are many more examples of successful people who had to encounter failure, setbacks, rejections, and more.  If you have a moment click on the link above and read some other examples of people who failed first.  I would like to say they “failed forward.”  They failed so much that they moved forward instead of moving back and giving up!  (Oh, that’ll preach!)

I encourage you to keep pushing, recover quickly from your misfortune and change.  Stay RESILIENT!  Your “YES” is on the way! 

Have a blessed day!  Greater is Coming!

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

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