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Practicing Resilience

Today seven astronauts left on a very difficult mission to repair NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.  Although their task is complex and will require tremendous precision, accuracy, and patience,  the team is anticipating perfection from both the astronauts and the equipment.  NASA is going all out to maximize the potential of the Hubble Telescope through these repairs and has left little room for error.  In spite of the difficulty level and risk of failure, they’ve chosen to confront this challenge.   The potential benefits outweigh the risks.  Taking appropriate risks is healthy, but of course we don’t always succeed.  How quickly we bounce back when we fail is our resilience.  Resilience is an important life skill allowing us to try new things and get up and try again when we fall short of our expectations.  This ability to continue taking risks and attempting difficult tasks in spite of failure creates more opportunity for success.  The most successful people have failed a lot, but their resilience has enabled them to press on.  We learn more from failure than we do from success.  Step out of your comfort zone and take healthy risks so that you can experience the sensation of extraordinary success.

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