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The Resilience and Determination You have in Life

“What’s comin’ will come and we’ll meet it when it does.” J. K. Rowling

Sean P. Durham
6 min readFeb 11, 2020


Each day, we are bombarded with information — it’s worse than it has ever been in human history.

Advertisements, news feeds that offer us a scrolling update of all the terrible things happening in the World.

The idea of this bombardment is to take you away from your own thinking and get you thinking about somebody else's plan. The result is often feelings of being overwhelmed, exhausted and having bitten off too much to chew.

If we kid ourselves that all these adverts and information are important, we will put off our personal goals, when we feel well, or better, or have more time.

Resilience is a mental tool we have that helps us to bounce back from the setbacks and failures in life. Determination keeps us on track.

One of my favourite stories of resilience is J.K. Rowling’s story.

J.K. Rowling worked in a small flat in Edinburgh, often going to a local cafe with her small daughter to work on her book — “Harry Potter”.

J.K.Rowling could never have known that she would become wildly successful with her book. But, she did want to write it and finish it. That seemed enough for her.

She also studied to become a teacher, so there’s a tip to tell you that she knew she had to hedge her bets on future income.

For her, it seemed that everything was working against her. She married in Portugal, had a baby daughter and then the marriage ended in divorce.

She moved to Edinburgh, went on social security benefits to survive. But she kept writing. She loved the story she was telling so much, that she knew it mattered.

Unfortunately, when she had finally finished the book, which she could only afford to type it out on paper, she hawked it through dozens of publishers who all rejected it. She didn’t quit.

She showed determination and resilience.

Her resilience to keep going came from self belief. Someplace deep down, despite the setbacks of no money and depression. The seemingly…



Sean P. Durham

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