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Tycoonism “If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: Give Up, or Fight Like Hell.”

September 28, 2009

Today’s Tycoonism is from Lance Armstrong, who we know battled with cancer and won.  Not only that,  he won Tour de France and continues to do the very thing he loves– living with family and biking.

For those who has never faced adversity in life, then perhaps today’s Tycoonism will not make any impact on you.  But who hasn’t faced any ups and downs in their lifetime?  Why did Lance Armstrong said that, “If the children has the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can learn from them…”

First and foremost, I believe that Lance Armstrong was referring to the resiliency of children, and children’s ability go over all odds in life.  What is resiliency? According to the this site, resiliency in children is :

  • the human capacity to face, overcome and be strengthened by or even transformed by the adversities of life
  • the universal capacity which allows a person, group or community to prevent, minimize or overcome the damaging effects of adversity
  • the ability to bounce back
  • the ability to cope with life’s adversities

So why does is resiliency considered something of a positive character amongst children? And why is it that children are resilient rather than adults?  When it comes to adversity and early tribulations in life, children have their own way of dealing with grief, divorce and abuse.  Some would say that the way they deal with families within their families is simple.

So how do we identify a resilient child so we as adults can identify their strengths and the power of resiliency when it comes to dealing with the stress in life? A resilient child, is a child who can communicate, solve problems, manage feelings and impulses, understand how other people are feeling and can establish trusting relationships.  Resiliency comes from people that they trust, structures and boundaries for their safety, people who set examples of how to behave. These are called role models, and encouragement to do things on their own. This is called being autonomous.

So why are children resilient and adults have harder coping?  What does children have that adults doesn’t?  Us grown ups, although we have all the experience to back us up, and the supposed bravado not found in children, we cower in times of grief and adversity.  Children who have more positive outlook in life are more resilient.  As I have said the previous para, these are children who have structures and boundaries.  As adults we do have those but what is the difference?  Perhaps, we have doubt and since we can be more realistic than children and we do allow more interference than children who look up to people who gives them most love and security?

Perhaps it is the power of the children to believe without doubt and full of hope.  What has happened to us when we ourselves were children before as well?

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