Setbacks can happen in life, even in the middle of a well-prepared plan. Which is why those like “The Martian” Mark Watney, who achieve exceptional performance, know why resilience is vital to their success.

1- Resilience is the very fabric great achievers are made of

Often spelled “resiliency”, resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Also, resilience can be defined also as “toughness” _it can be said of an individual, a company or an institution_ or the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape.

And, because peak performance is about hijacking your mind for success, resilience is not an option: it’s a must. As a result, you can’t do without.

A great illustration to this is late inventor and businessman Thomas Edison (1847-1931). For me, Thomas Edison is the embodiment of resilience and a demonstration that peak performance goes hand in hand with resilience. As an example, he says these:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Astronaut Mark Watney walks alone on planet Mars — You need to be resilient
Movienuggets — The Martian (Seul sur Mars) — You need to be resilient

2- Resilience keeps your focus on the finish line

In order to perform to the best of your ability, you need to be clear on what you want to achieve and what is important to you: that’s your  finish line.

And, what do “The Martian” Mark Watney (Matt Damon) and inventor Thomas Edison have in common? They both keep their eyes on the finish line ; they don’t let themselves get off track by circumstances. That’s why you need to be resilient to achieve exploits.

Thomas Edison adds these:

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

This … is priceless and self-explanatory.

For companies deeply involved in R&D, resilience is sometimes one of the only that helps make it to the end, as time, energy and huge amounts of money are being invested.

For instance, it is said it took about Apple 4 years (late 2003-2007) to make the [first] iPhone. You can read a full chapter about this Apple’s episode, the amazing story of the birth of the iPhone, at Cult of Mac here.

Resilience has to be involved while you’re in the process of making creative ideas happen, on a daily basis. See these tips to boost your creativity here and start landing some creative concepts today.

3- Resilience gets you moving forward no matter what

Sir Martin Sorrell has built a company, WPP, that has become today the world’s largest marketing-services firm, with a revenue of about 15 billion pounds in 2017. But early this year, Sorrell “was forced out” of WPP following an investigation into allegations of personal misconduct.

However, this “serious blow” doesn’t stop the WPP departed CEO, since [Martin Sorrell] goes on to invest 40 million pounds of his own money in a new business venture just about six weeks after his ouster.

Today the new business venture, S4 Capital, makes waves through a series of bold acquisitions: first, the Dutch company, MediaMonks, acquired at about $300 million, and recently San Francisco ad tech company Mighty Hive in a $150 million deal.

Martin Sorrell and astronaut Mark Watney have this in common: they keep moving forward no matter what. That is another valuable benefit of being resilient. After what they’ve been through, most people would have swirled into a pity-party.

But as for them, they just don’t. They keep moving forward.

4- Resilience does for you what your talent can’t

We all are believed to be gifted or talented in a particular area of life _I believe it too_ though some may not know [yet] which area they are talented in. (If that is your case, these quick and easy ways can help you discover your hidden talents.)

However in his book Talent is never enough, author John C. Maxwell shows … talent is never enough, stating, among other pointers:

  • Focus directs your talent
  • Perseverance sustains your talent
  • Courage tests your talent.

Perseverance and courage are other names for resilience.

By the way, an article on the web states astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) has been “on Mars for 549 sols, which comes out to about 564 days (approximately 18 months)”.

That’s a really long time to be alone on the red planet, with almost no resources to live on. Yet, Mark Watney is able to survive (spoiler alert) not just because of his training as a NASA astronaut, but because he is resilient [enough] to make it through.

5- Peak performance is [synonymous] with resilience

Volatility is a such a reality today, for the most part due to many factors — happening both at a global and local level. So how do you prepare then? By being resilient. Peak performance cannot be achieved, I believe, without a good dose of resilience.

About the movie

The storyline of The Martian: An astronaut (Mark Watney) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

“Ridley Scott is a brilliant assembler of casts, and he knows how to organize groups so they seem to naturally fit, and can bob and weave in unison with his roving cameras.” — Manohla Dargis (NY Times)

  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Drew Goddard (screenplay), Andy Weir (based on the novel by)
  • Stars: Matt Damon (Mark Watney), Jessica Chastain (Melissa Lewis), Kristen Wiig (Anny Montrose), Jeff Daniels (Teddy Sanders)
  • Total lifetime grosses:: $630,161,890 (worldwide) as of March 17, 2016
  • Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 37 wins & 185 nominations.

You can watch and own The Martian (2015), in DVD, BluRay, 3D & 4K formats. Available on Amazon and prime Video. Rated: PG-13