I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life… Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.’

Steve Jobs, on being fired from Apple in 1984

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In recent years, people have been faced with organisational downsizing, mergers, redundancy, working at a job that does not suit them, or at a lower paying job than their qualifications and skill set, or personal difficult circumstances and illness.

The ability to bounce back and learn from the experience will help us cope with the ups and downs of our career or personal difficulties, and then move forward.

Research of psychologist, Susan Kobasa, describes three elements that are essential to resilience:

  1. Challenge – Resilient people look at their failures and mistakes as lessons to be learned from, and as opportunities for growth.
  2. Commitment – Resilient people are committed to their lives and their goals. They commit to their relationships, friendships, and causes they care about.
  3. Personal control – Resilient people spend their time and energy focusing on situations and events that they can control.

Leading psychologist, Martin Seligman, explains setbacks in terms of optimism and pessimism, that is made up of three main elements:

  • Permanence – People who are optimistic see the effects of bad events as a temporary phase that will pass, rather than a permanent state.
  • Pervasiveness – Resilient people contain setbacks or bad events so it does not affect other areas of their lives such as: work and personal relationships, health and lifestyle.
  • Personalisation – People who have resilience do not blame themselves when bad events occur. Instead, they review the circumstances and context of the event.

Steve Jobs grew Apple from a garage start up into a billion-dollar public company, this was not without difficulty. Years later, he lost a battle with the board about the direction of the company. The company stock fell and lost billions of dollars. Steve was fired, and was in ‘exile’ for 12 years until his return. He faced a long fight with pancreatic cancer.

Guidelines towards building your resilience

The University of California suggests the following strategies to building resilience:

  • Take care of yourself — Look after your mind and body to deal with situations that require resilience.
  • Establish and maintain connections — Good relationships with close family members, friends, and others are important. Accept help and support from those who care about you, and will listen to you.
  • Accept difficulties and changes as part of life — Respectfully and sensitively, events occur in all spheres of our lives: work and personal. Individuals and their family face illness, relationship breakdowns with their partner, family friends and business, financial loss, health issues, and difficult situations such as drugs, alcohol, accidents, abuse or addiction. Work on yourself to accept circumstances that cannot be changed, and focus on circumstances that you can alter. This takes time, a personal struggle, and self care.
  • Progress towards your goal — Develop realistic goals and take a step to fulfil these.
  • Maintain a hopeful outlook — Optimism is learned and nurtured over time. An optimistic outlook enables us to expect that good things will happen in our life. Visualise what you want, rather than worry about what you fear.
  • Keep things in perspective and avoid “catastrophizing”—Even when facing painful events, try to consider the stressful situation in a broader context, and keep a long-term perspective. Avoid blowing the event out of proportion, such as catastrophizing. Mental health researcher Aaron Beck describes “catastrophizing” as ‘fortune telling to predict the future negatively without considering other, more likely outcomes.’
  • Nurture a positive view of yourself — Develop confidence in your ability to solve problems, and trust your intuition.
  • Engage in opportunities of self-discovery — People often learn something about themselves and may find that they have grown in some respect as a result of their struggle. Individuals who have experienced tragedies and hardships, when they reflect following their experience, have reported better relationships; a greater sense of personal strength even while feeling vulnerable; increased sense of self-worth; a more developed spirituality; and heightened appreciation for life.

Take steps to build your resilience and bounce back in the face of challenges. This is a time for personal learning, self reflection, and growth. It will help bring career success, that will reflect in other areas of your life. Crown Coaching and Training© Page 4 www.crowncoaching.com.au

Leah Shmerling is the Director and Principal Consultant of Crown Coaching and Training, and is a Certified Retirement Coach. She has over 30 years experience in career development, life coaching, education and training. Leah holds a Master in Professional Education and Training, Graduate Diploma in Career Development, a number of Diploma qualifications in Vocational Educational Training, and Certificates in Life Coaching, Mediation Skills, and Psychodrama.

Leah is a professional member of the Career Development Association Australia (CDAA).Leah is a professional member of Australian Career Professionals International (ACPi-Aus). She has international accreditation and is Board Certified as a Career Management Fellow with the Institute of Career Certification.

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Gina Liu

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Thanks Leah for having provided fantastic training. I did enjoy the course and learnt a lot.

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I would like to thank you for supporting me through your extensive supply of resources and experience in successfully completing the Foundations in Career Development Practice, CHCSS00005 Career Development Skills Set.

The facilitated delivery included a blend of monthly webinars, on-line resources and relevant workplace assignment tasks that have built my confidence to coach my clients toward achieving their desired goals.

Your feedback of my work was invaluable as it taught me to work smarter, more efficiently, providing me with more effective results and happier clients.

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I really enjoyed this training a lot and it was very beneficial not only to me but my organisation.  The course facilitator used her wealth of knowledge and experience to provide us with real examples that I could utilise within my organisation.  The content was user friendly and high quality. The support and guidance was outstanding throughout the program.  I would highly recommend this course and look forward to my next program with the course facilitator and the Team.

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Learning and Development Manager, Ayers Rock Resort

I was lucky enough to have the course facilitator as my TAE trainer.  With a blended delivery of on-line content and weekly Skype one-on-one sessions, I found this learning experience to be one of the best of my adult life.  She set me challenges and workplace assignments that made the learning very relevant and effective.  Her various training techniques were both stimulating and innovative, which was extremely advantageous as I was able to use these same techniques with my Trainees.

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With Leah’s enthusiastic approach I was motivated to examine much more than the basic requirements of the course. Her depth of knowledge in this arena not only surprised me but empowered me to pursue all aspects of it to ensure I had a really good understanding of what it entailed. Leah had presented the course in a professional yet warm and personal way and which allowed her students to become closely acquainted with the subject. Her passion for helping others is highly evident and via this avenue she is able to encourage others to be the change they want to see in themselves and in the world around them.

Richard Fowler
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I have been able to demonstrate many of the elements of the course immediately, and see the results in provoking the right conversations, as well as providing areas of focus that aid in alleviating tensions, and pointing toward solutions. Leah has pitched the course to comprehensively cover pertinent topics with her own flair, in a manner befitting high quality professional development. I would recommend it wherever applicable.

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‘The courses are good. I enjoy studying online in my home. It is easier and preferable to going to university. Staff are supportive, assisting me to succeed.’

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‘Leah is a wealth of information and useful in terms of teaching content. It has been vital to how we learn and apply the skills.’

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“I’m blown away! This is fabulous! The Foundations unit I looked at has so many great educational principles built in and all using that digital world so well.”

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‘Leah, you have assisted me to broaden my career options beyond what I was considering.’

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‘A real insight, I can see how far behind I was – beautiful!’

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‘Leah, you have been absolutely invaluable today. Worth more than your weight in gold.’