How to Build Resilience When Tragedy Strikes: Lessons from Alec Grant
Dealing with tragedy can be an overwhelming experience, but it is possible to build resilience and come out stronger on the other side. Alec Grant, founder of Resilience Cubed, knows this firsthand. After losing his wife shortly after childbirth, Alec had to navigate the challenges of raising his boys alone. In this article, we will explore Alec’s journey and the lessons he learned along the way.
Alec’s experience with resilience spans various aspects of his life. In his youth, he faced peer pressure when it came to alcohol and cigarettes. More recently, he had to be strong for his boys and provide them with the values and opportunities necessary for a resilient future. Additionally, Alec dealt with boundary stomping bosses who did not respect his personal time and made unreasonable demands.
What sets Alec apart is his commitment to designing a life that works for him and his family. He emphasizes the importance of working together with his wife to create a desired life for their children. By doing so, they were able to lay a strong foundation for resilience in their family.
Alec also highlights the significance of creating space to grieve. He wanted to ensure that his family had a safe environment to process their emotions and heal in their own way. This approach has allowed resilience to continue as a part of their family legacy.
Throughout his journey, Alec has learned key leadership lessons. From his first experience with resilience as a young person to taking active steps towards corporate resilience, he has gained valuable insights. Alec emphasizes the importance of letting life unfold rather than trying to control every aspect. Clarity in the moment and allowing his children the freedom to express their grief have also been crucial in his resilience journey.
To support others going through similar situations, Alec shares advice on how to be helpful. Instead of offering unsolicited advice, he suggests creating a supportive environment where individuals feel comfortable expressing their emotions and needs.
If you want to learn more about resilience and Alec’s work, you can follow Resilience Cubed on Twitter or connect with Alec on LinkedIn for future updates. Alec also recommends resources such as Winston’s Wish, Widowed and Young, Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg, Atomic Habits, and The 1 Thing.
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