Portfolio Working Requires Resiliency

by Katie Ledger on July 9, 2008 · 1 comment

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Al Seibert PhD is resilient. This guy is an expert. He wrote the book on resiliency. Here he offers a few thoughts on what it takes to create your own business, maybe even more important to portfolio workers.

The following checklist describes personal traits I see in people who have a better than average chance in establishing and succeeding at running a home based business. See how you match up.

Personal Traits Checklist for Homebiz Success
  • In a previous job you attempted to explain how something could be done better, and felt frustrated because no one understood or would follow your suggestions.


  • You were criticized for “making waves” or not being a team player because of your efforts to make things work better.

  • As an employee you felt underpaid for the many contributions you made to the main purpose of the organization while others were overpaid for contributing little that was really useful.

  • When working on a project you get so involved you work late into the evening and much of the week-end.

  • You find that to have things go well you have to do a lot of little things yourself.

  • You will do any job related to making things work well. You will do whatever it takes to meet a commitment.

  • When something goes wrong you look carefully at why, learn from the experience and do things differently the next time.

  • You are self-reliant. You have learned you can count on yourself more than most others.

  • When hit with a setback you see it as temporary, but surmountable.

  • You adapt quickly to new developments and changes in the world.

  • You have a complex, paradoxical inner nature. You are both creative and well organized, relaxed and intense, logical and intuitive, optimistic and pessimistic, calm and emotional, task oriented and people oriented, serious and playful, etc.

  • You are curious. You ask good questions. You want to know how things work. You experiment, make mistakes, and laugh about discoveries.

  • You anticipate and avoid problems. You can think in negative ways to reach positive outcomes.

  • You need and expect things to work out well for yourself, your family, your customers, and your community. You have a synergistic effect on your part of the world.

  • You have good empathy skills. You listen well and comprehend what others think and feel.

  • You welcome feedback about your actions and your product.

  • You are good at what you do. You conduct yourself professionally and ethically. You focus on getting results and can make difficult jobs look easy.

  • You trust your intuition and creative hunches.

  • You defend yourself well. You have strong self-esteem.

  • You have a talent for serendipity. You convert misfortune into good luck. When knocked off track you ask yourself, “How can I turn this around? Why is it good that this happened? What is the gift?”

Hope these questions help in choosing where to challenge yourself next. 

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1 Stephen Parker July 17, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Katie, thanks.
It’s gone 3 in the morning and I am awake thinking about how to drive more business through my latest startup, trying to turn setbacks into opportunities etc and reassuring myself that I have done it before and I can do it again.

And then I came across this blog post and having run down the checklist felt that warm glow of comfort that somebody else had just confirmed that I “have a better than average chance in establishing and succeeding”.

Time to turn off and go to sleep, thanks 🙂

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