Resiliency and Sincerity

“A man can be measured by his resiliency, yes, but resiliency without sincerity amounts to about as much getting past a mountain without remembering where you were going. A person who will stop at nothing to achieve something will inevitably amount nothing in the grand scheme of things. Sincerity gives resiliency meaning. Followup with this in the next Irrational Health post.”

This post has been long overdue. It can be considered the official two and half post of Irrational Health. Resiliency is one of those things that I believe has been butchered into some sort of tainted version of what is generally considered a positive trait. A person who can make it past a series of challenges and still have the ability to continue on is someone who will say will eventually succeed with whatever he/she is wants to achieve. The caveat is that an achievement is really only a success if you haven’t had to sacrifice who you are along the way and what people generally sacrifice is their sincerity, which is to say their genuine interest in the cost. They’ve cut corners, moral boundaries, or their own moral code in order to ensure self-preservation and success. Simply put, this is corrupted resiliency. It’s not growth. It’s not success. It’s a shadow of what you could’ve achieved if you had done something not necessarily the right way, but without an infraction upon your sincerity. The takeaway for this late Irrational Health post is that one of the causes of a lack of achievement when a person has accomplished something can generally be attributed to the way in which they obtained that success. Resiliency is great, but if you intend on simply pushing away the little voice in your head, for a lack of a better word, then any success is just simply trophy with no inscription.

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Raymond A. Guzman

For a background in the concept of groupthink, I recommend the article Groupthink: The brainstorming myth, by Jonah Lehrer in The New Yorker.

The real problem with groupthink is that it stifles creativity and innovation. It’s the problem of a group of people all latching on to an idea for the sake coming to a quick resolution, giving positive reinforcement, or supporting a person’s idea on the basis of a present relationship over the actual task at hand. Groupthink leads to un-optimal, rash, or simply un-ideal outcomes. It stifles creative by silencing the individual. If we refer back to a previous post on the concept of a winning team, we quickly realize that given our understanding of both groupthink defeats a winning team. A winning team is formed by individuals who respect one another and are capable of switching between the team role and leader role. A winning team…

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Raymond A. Guzman

A man can be measured by his resiliency, yes, but resiliency without sincerity amounts to about as much getting past a mountain without remembering where you were going. A person who will stop at nothing to achieve something will inevitably amount nothing in the grand scheme of things. Sincerity gives resiliency meaning. Followup with this in the next Irrational Health post.

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Raymond A. Guzman

In psychology, there’s a concept known as the self-fulfilling prophecy. Businessdictionary.com provides one of the best definitions for this concept:

Any positive or negative expectation about circumstances, events, or people that may affect a person’s behavior toward them in a manner that causes those expectations to be fulfilled.

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In more basics, this concept manifests itself when your expectation of the outcome of a particulary situation influences your behavior in such a way as to bring about that expected outcome. What’s the problem with this general situation? It’s that the expected outcome not necessarily wouldn’t have, but might not have, and definitely would’ve had a lesser opportunity of occuring, if the person’s behavior hadn’t been influenced the expectation. Of course, one can see the opposite scenario and it’s not exactly a complicated idea. The expectation of a positive outcome can also influence your behavior as to help to…

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