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Adversity

  • Sisu – Developing Mental Toughness in the Face of Adversity

    Life without any adversity will be a life without any progress. We have this idea that we become better despite our problems but what if we become better because of them?

  • Musings on Mastery, Creativity and Sisu

    Adversities and setbacks can sometimes act as a catalyst for growth. Sarah Lewis' book "The Rise" explores their value in fostering creativity and mastery, as they create a dent in our usual routines and propel us to re-evaluate our strengths and imagine unexpected solutions. To overcome more extreme hardships we may also benefit from something Finns have known for centuries as 'sisu'.

  • Words Make our Worlds: Introducing Sisu

    What comes after perseverance? After you’ve reached your limits, exhausted all of your resources and there doesn’t seem to be anything left to tap into? The ability to wield courage in the face of adversity and stay hopeful amidst impossible circumstances has always been crucial for the survival of our species. How we respond to adversity has a significant impact on our well-being, so it makes sense that a deeper understanding of the determinants of resilience is not just ‘good for us’, but is an actual necessity.

  • Turning Adversity into Creative Growth

    There's little doubt that trauma can be immensely painful, often leaving deep emotional and psychological scars long after the stressful experience has passed. But can there be a silver lining for creativity?

  • When You Can’t Change Your Circumstances, Change Yourself

    The way you choose to interpret your experiences determines the way you live your life.

  • Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

    Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught.