16 Lessons From David Brett-Williams On Resilience

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Mentor and renowned professional speaker “David Brett-Williams” is a beacon of inspiration. He travels the world training some of the top CEO’s and executives on how to become an effective leader.

David Brett-Williams’ quotes and lessons are floating all over social media channels and motivational videos.

Here are the Top 16 Inspirational Lessons Quotes and lessons by David Brett-Williams on resilience.

1.  Success is the result of pursuing who you need to become.

Success would be easy if there was a checklist of things you must do to be successful. Thed reality is that you have to fundamentally change who you are to live at that more successful higher level. Going through the motions is not enough.

You must make that shift from doing to being . So that what you do becomes a reflection of who you are, and who you’re becoming. Once you’ve experienced this change, success will be natural.

Be, then do, then have.

Success is the result of pursuing who you need to become.

2.  The key to massive success is failure. Your goal should be to out-fail your competition.

Most of us think that the key to success is avoiding failure but in reality the opposite is true. The origibal quote by Tom Watson of IBM fame goes like this, “The key to success is massive failure. Your goal is to out-fail your competition. Whoever can fail the most, the fastest and the biggest, wins.”

The increase in size, speed and volume of your failures also increases the size, speed and volume of your success. On surveying big-time CEOs of their top five defining moments responsible for their great successes, inevitably, great failures are on their lists.

Failure is exhilirating because it offers the greatest opportunity to tweak, iterate and improve. So get out there and be a failure. More of it, bigger and faster.

The key to massive success is failure. Your goal should be to out-fail your competition.

3.  A great mind rises above misfortune.

Our life is the sequence of mental and physical experiences that make up our existence. Ideally, the majority of these experiences are good, but some are bad. How we handle these experiences, the good and the bad, will determine the level of happiness and joy in our lives. Our attitude always determines our altitude.

A great mind rises above misfortune.

4.  If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.

As long as you set your mind to it, nothing is impossible. At times it may feel hard or even hopeless. And it may even seem impossible to keep holding on.

At those times you need to remind yourself of how badly you want it. I have said it before, life is challenging, it’s hard, and sometimes seems impossible.

Thoughts can get into our heads and convince us to give in. Instead, make the best out of the opportunities and the moments that you have.

Changing the goal rather than the plan is easy. To give in because it is too hard to achieve.

Prove the world wrong, do whatever it takes to achieve your original goal. Develop a different plan to make it, no matter how long it takes to achieve it.

If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but never the goal.

5.  You will not always win. Some days, you will taste defeat but there is always tomorrow.

We all want to win, to succeed, but to win every time is not possible. Some days things don’t go the way we planned. Some days we experience the agony of defeat.

Every situation in our lives is temporary. When it is good, make sure you take time to enjoy it. And when it isn’t so good, realise that it will not last forever.

Tomorrow is a new day, and there are always better days are on the way.

You will not always win. Some days you will taste defeat, but there is always tomorrow.

6.  Difficult doesn’t mean that it is impossible, it means that you have to dig a bit deeper and work harder.

There are lots of people out there that are good at what they do. Some of them are even in the elite class.

There also exists a select few that are entirely unstoppable.

They are in their own world. The ones that are unstoppable don’t compete with anyone but themselves. You never know what they will do  next, only that you will be forced to respond.

Even though they don’t compete with you, they make you compete with them. Are you unstoppable?

Difficult doesn't mean that it is impossible. It means that you have to dig a bit deeper and work harder.

7.  To see the beauty of the stars, there must be darkness.

As human beings, we have to go through the darkness to see the beauty. Much like we must endure the darkness to look at the stars in the night sky.

Life throws obstacles at us that make us feel like giving up, but the truth is that we are much stronger than we realise. Even when it feels like all hope is lost, look through the darkness and find the stars.

To see the beauty of the stars there must be darkness.

8.  Wisdom comes from experience, and a lot of experience comes from bad judgement.

Of all the personal qualties that we prize, wisdom is high on the list. But it is difficult quality to define. What does it take to be wise?

Two things, experiences and reflection. When you get out there and tackle new endeavours you gain experience.

Most of us will rarely reflect when we are successful. But we reflect when we fail, when we make a bad judgement. Get out there and experience life fully.

Wisdom comes from experience. And a lot of experience comes from bad judgement.

9.  Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.

I have probbaly said it a thousand times. We will all fail at one time or another. But realise that the opportunity to fail is worth something, if the flop doesn’t mean you stop.

You will get another opportunity to succeed as long as you persist. Success has disappointment built into it, and disappointment is inherent in all success.

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.

10.  Sometimes we are tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.

There are times when we want to give up. And the more times we fail to do something, the more we want to give up. That would be the easy way out.

To walk away, to throw in the towel, to mutter a few unrepeatable discouraging words, and then go and bury our heads somewhere.

That would be too easy. And that is exactly the reason why we should not do it.

If we fail to do something, then try again. Try something else. Ask for advice.

Life will continue to be a challenge. But in overcoming the challenges, then we can smile even wider when we succeed.

Sometimes we're tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.

11.  The most successful person in the room tends to be the one who has failed the most. Go fail better.

It’s actually okay to fail. After all everybody has failed, although some refuse to admit it. Failure is inevitable.

The success stories of people like Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, and Walt Disney, to name just a few were produced by failure. So chill, when you fail, you are in incredible company.

The most successful person in the room tends to be the one who has failed the most. Go fail better.

12.  In life, you have to accept that you will get knocked down. Choosing to get back up and move forward is up to you.

The German philosopher Nietzsche famously said, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” The school of hard knocks builds resilience, but only if we choose to get back up and give it another attempt.

Most of us have an intense fear of failure. And that inhibit us from attempting new things. Sadly, some will never take the first step to achieve their dreams.

Accept that you could fail. The power to rise again rests with you. You only fail when you stop getting back up.

In life, you have to accept that you will get knocked down. Choosing to get back up again and move forward is up to you.

13.  To see the beauty of the stars there must be darkness.

As human beings, we have to go through the darkness to see the beauty. Much like we must endure the darkness to look at the stars in the night sky.

Life throws obstacles at us that make us feel like giving up, but the truth is that we are much stronger than we realise. Even when it feels like all hope is lost, look through the darkness and find the stars.

To see the beauty of the stars there must be darkness.

14.  The flowers in your life are a reminder why the rains are necessary.

The beauty in our lives is more about the rain than the flowers. It is about where you look and what you choose to focus on. What you let go of and what you allow.

Even a wet and cloudy morning can be beautiful, if only we know where to look. Let’s make a choice about our perspective and accept imperfection. Our lives need both the rains and the flowers in equal measure.

The flowers in your life are a reminder why the rains were necessary.

15.  Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.

Persistence alters our perception of failure and can prompt us to achieve the extraordinary. It allows you to improve. And that improvement generates better results.

Life is not an easy road, it is rough and bumpy with many obstacles. You need to overcome these obstacles everyday in your life. And with the power of persistence you will succeed. Persistence is an amazing quality that promotes success in all of us.

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.

16.  Success is the inevitable consequence of consistent disciplines applied over time.

Consistency is the key ingredient in success. But most people do not seem to know the power that lies in consistency.

When you’re passionate about something, there’s that initial excitement that keeps you going for a while. When that initial motivation wears off things can get rough.

I would prefer not to count the number of projects I’ve started and given up after the initial motivation dries up.

How long does it take to succeed? The universe does not set time limits. Sometimes you run out of steam and have to go through the motions for months before things start picking up.

Success is the inevitable consequence of consistent disciplines applied over time.

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