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How to get through difficult times?

16 Hacks I Use To get through difficult times

I was recently invited to give a presentation to college students and young professionals about how to be resilient during times of crisis. Following their positive reactions, I decided to put these tips down in writing, I hope you find them helpful too.

There’s a phrase that’s often attributed to Winston Churchill:

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill

Most people focus on the second idea: “failure is not fatal”. But right now, I’m more interested in the first part: “success is not final”. Change is the only certainty. We never know when an earthquake, pandemic, dictatorship, accident, bad luck, or bad news will hit. So what can we do to make these difficult times a little more manageable?

I’m not an expert, but I do consider myself a happy person. I’ve remained (more or less) centered during the various family, financial, and professional crises’ that I’ve lived through. These are the tips and mental models I’ve used to help me get by.

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