Bad things happen.
Sometimes they only seem large, like spilling coffee on your shirt just before a job interview begins. Sometimes they’re truly horrible, like a global pandemic stretching over 2 years in duration.
Resilience is how we react to these bad things and overcome them.
Here’s something else to know about bad things: They happen a lot. Research and advisory firm Forrester surveyed risk management professionals in their Business Risk Survey, 2021. The vast majority of them worked for an organization that experienced at least one critical risk event last year — 72%, or nearly three-quarters of them. (Forrester defined a critical risk event as one having a significant business, financial, or reputational effect on an organization.) If one critical risk event is bad, maybe six would be challenging — and 19% of the respondents had six critical risk events in 2021.