In the world of entrepreneurship, an ability to weather and rise above adversity is key to long-term success.

But according to recent research conducted by digital employee coaching platform meQuilibrium, it turns out that having a high-paying job or an advanced degree does not make someone more resilient. Not only that, but someone’s age and gender doesn’t have a bearing on whether they have this quality either.

In developing their resilience scale, the researchers highlighted traits such as being a good problem-solver, having control over your emotions, being able to maintain a feeling of optimism and a feeling of self-efficacy. Those are the traits that make an individual more resilient.

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Fifty-four percent of the survey’s respondents who earned $75,000 to $99,000 a year got a below average resilience score.

Additionally, 41 percent of those making $150,000 a year also had below average resilience, as did 47 percent of those with a bachelor’s degrees and 44 percent of respondents with a master’s degree.

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The research team identified resilience as integral to being better equipped to deal with high-stress situations, become more productive and influence how satisfied people are with their work.

They found that of those participants who had a bachelor’s degree or higher that scored high in resilience, 8 percent were at risk for depression compared to 33 percent of college-educated individuals who scored low on the resilience scale.


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