His parents were extremely strict with him. Growing up he wasn’t allowed to watch TV, or play video games…
By the time he was 15 he experienced a lot of bullying. He hated school.
Until one day he decided to quit school and follow his dreams of making it in the music industry.
Things didn’t go as planned.
He was homeless.
He would sleep on buses and trains just to stay out of the weather.
This lasted for 3 years.
3 years of chasing his dreams with nowhere to live, and nothing to show for it…
But he still performed music for anyone who would listen day in and day out. Most of the time going days on end without eating.
To his surprise, some of his songs went viral on iTunes. Even reaching the #2 spot on the iTunes chart!
By the end of the year, his album sold 801,000 copies.
His album was the 8th best selling album of the year.
And His latest single topped the charts all of the world.
Today he’s mentored by Elton John.
Ed Sheeran’s story demonstrates the importance of resilience.
Honestly, we’ve never met a strong person with an easy past. Every single successful person you look up to has struggled.
Whenever you’re going through a hard time, DON’T give up.
Take that obstacle and find an opportunity to grow.
It’s during tough times that you discover, define, and connect with your true self.
Why resilience is important?
Resilience means finding the strength to keep going during hard times.
Everyone struggles in their own way. The thing is that when we’re ready, we can look to those challenges for strength.
I want to share 4 techniques you can use to be resilient through any obstacle you face:
1. How you’re feeling is OKAY
When we’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or crumbling because something difficult has happened it can make us feel… Weak.
The first way you can be resilient is to understand that how you’re feeling is VALID.
You don’t need to feel bad.
Honor your feelings. Respect them.
It’s the first step to finding strength.
2. Connect with empowering stories
Personally, I love to look to moments of history for stories of other people overcoming challenges.
As humans, we’ve been through challenges before – and we got through them.
Analyzing, absorbing, and connecting with other people’s stories of overcoming challenges (it doesn’t even have to be the exact challenge you’re facing) is a powerful way to find strength and develop the resilience to keep going.
3.Change the stories we’re telling ourselves
Challenges never feel good. A powerful way of re-framing painful experiences is to change our internal dialogue about them.
Perhaps you have a toxic person in your life. Your internal dialogue might sound something like “I can’t believe they would do that to me. How can they say they love me and do that. I must not be worthy of respect if someone would treat me like this…”
That’s one kind of story we can tell ourselves.
I find this Mexican proverb to be an incredibly empowering way to re-frame situations where I feel overwhelmed:
The challenges, obstacles, and negativity you’re going through are the dirt. It weighs down so heavily at the beginning, but the seed needs the dirt to grow.
Remember: you are the seed, too.
Changing the stories we tell ourselves will help us be resilient enough to see challenges as opportunities.
4. Channel your emotions into something empowering
Spending time in ways that sparks happiness for you will help you process your emotions.
Paint, write, explore your hobbies.
You might even find a little bit of inspiration along the way.
Everyone of us can relate with this Inspirational story of Ed Sheeran.