5 Qualities of a Bounce Back Mindset

Eric S Burdon


Have these five qualities and you can come back from anything.

Time and time again there are stories of people hitting rock bottom only to figure out something profound, make a comeback, and achieve their dreams. Whether it was a big title or simply to be well known in their particular industry or the world. Stories like these are dime a dozen.

These are great stories that teach us a lot about the qualities that we ought to learn. More importantly, that we ought to retain and use again and again.

As much as these stories are great, life doesn’t always work in that precise manner. Sometimes you learn, get pushed back down, only to learn again and keep pushing forward.

This has been the case for me with losing weight and getting fit and it’s been the case with me in marketing my business and growing it. There wasn’t one big revelation and suddenly my business is pulling in thousands of dollars a day and I have a toned and healthy body or anything.

Often it’s putting in the effort, hitting a snag and taking a step back, only to get back to moving forward again.

Those stories have a lot of nuggets, but they’re missing that one aspect of reality:

What if you encounter another roadblock or a setback after you’ve hit rock bottom or experienced a failure already? What should you do?

For me, it’s been developing a mindset that allows me to bounce back. No matter how dire the situation is, I’ll eventually get back to where I was and come back with more knowledge and strength than before.

I can attribute this way of thinking to 5 distinct qualities.

Creative Thinking

Much like all the success stories that you’ve heard about, there is some level of creative thinking involved in them. One of the greatest examples out there is Thomas Edison and his attempts at making the lightbulb.

They said that he failed 10,000 times at making an effective lightbulb. To that he said:

“I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Creative thinking takes in that essence of looking for different ways and making connections between them all. It’s a bit different from a standard way of thinking.

Another great example of creative thinking I find interesting is through Magic The Gathering and fine-tuning decks.

When players get into deck building, many players fall into certain traps when it comes to it. Whenever your deck doesn’t perform optimally, new and veteran players alike look at the problem and think “what sort of cards do I need to have in my deck to be able to answer that scenario?”

I’d associate that to your average thinking. You’re looking at a problem and thinking of a solution to solve that problem.

Simple as that right?

Not quite.

Those who have more skill and experience at deckbuilding would ask the question “how can I get my deck to function faster so that doesn’t happen again?”

While Magic The Gathering has a lot of luck and probability to it, there is a balancing act of certain types of cards. I won’t get too much into it but those who fall into that trap of boarding cards to deal with specific scenarios, end up losing some of the core of that deck.

For example, if your deck is low to the ground with heavy attackers (also called an aggro deck), the solution isn’t to add in more draw spells or counter spells if you find yourself with an empty hand and board. You want to be looking at more value cards that still fit your theme. Unless you’re happy with your aggro deck becoming a mid-range deck.

Looking for the least obvious answer is the creative thinking aspect. It pushes you to think of new ways and not taking the most obvious out to a situation or problem.


This one is an obvious part of a bounce-back mentality. Persistence is the ability to be coming back and making another attempt after all. Though there is more to it than that.

Any person can come back from most everything, but not every person is able to make the most of it and push forward. They’re not able to leverage the momentum that they’ve built to make it last longer.

True persistence is being able to leverage that momentum. In most cases, it’s through some creative thinking.

When I was contemplating giving up on my writing business, I stopped myself and looked for reasons to give up. But also reasons to continue.

After I determined my negative thoughts were bogus, I used that momentum to think of solutions, thinking back to various methods to help me generate revenue.

The one that stood out the most was working at Upwork. I’ve already written plenty by then and also started on Medium by that point. I could easily build a portfolio on there and showcase my work for clients.

It has worked wonders.

Persistence isn’t all about coming back and presenting yourself. It’s about coming back with a few more tricks and strategies as well. Another personal example I harp on is my Youtube channel.

I’ve shown persistence in that by coming back with content time and again. However, I don’t see much progression from myself. I’ve struggled to come up with a proper strategy to put together videos in the first place.

It’s half-persistence I’d say considering my channel is still dead at the time of writing this.


Being able to commit to something is difficult. It’s not always a matter of being consistent with something. I am consistent with my writing, but for the first two years, I wasn’t committed to writing.

I stuck to writing on my website and never bothering to meet new writers or make money. In my head, I wanted to have a writing business, but my actions were treating my writing like a hobby.

This is the reason I encourage people to commit to a solution or a habit, it’s more impactful and demanding from you compared to being consistent. Another way to see it is that commitments must be met rather than need to be met.

This feeds back to your own persistence as well. If you are committed, you must achieve some kind of result. So you’ll look at some of the best ways to leverage your situation.

If you’re focused so much on being consistent, you won’t be getting that much further ahead. You’ll keep on producing the same thing and not making much improvement. That was what happened with my writing for two years straight. I could write consistently, but couldn’t write well. Not until I committed.


Being able to focus is getting tougher and tougher. With so much noise happening around us, it’s easy to get wrapped up into something. Some of that comes down to the fact we’re addicted to dopamine.

Why bother working on something fulfilling that gives us dopamine when we could check our phone and get the same amount effortlessly?

Because of this line of thinking, many people’s focus is off and you will run into problems if you don’t build up focus. It’s one piece to the commitment puzzle and addresses long-term issues.

Those issues being things that weaken your level of commitment.

A good example of this is going to the gym. You can commit to going to the gym all you want, but what happens if it takes a long time for you to achieve what you want?

You may fall into a state of doubt after a few months and not put in as much effort. Next thing you know, you’re not going to the gym anymore.

Both commitment and focus work hand in hand in many ways. When you have focus, you’re paying attention to other aspects beyond the overarching objective.

Yes, exercising is all about shaping your figure into the way you want it to. However, during that process, you’ll notice other small changes in yourself if you focus. You might feel like the exercises are getting easier to do, or that you’ll have more confidence in yourself.

Or maybe some things that you do on a regular are easier to do. Perhaps you have dogs you take out for a walk. If you’re training your legs, you may find it slowly getting easier and easier to keep up with them. The same can be said for your kids too. Maybe you’ll be able to play with them more than usual before getting tired.

Focus is being able to notice those small changes as you are progressing forward. It’s ways to build up motivation for yourself to keep going. Eventually, all of that effort will be paying off in a big way. All you have to do is notice the small changes here and there.


The final quality is resourcefulness. And Ernest Hemingway put resourcefulness nicely:

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”

You are only as resourceful as the resources you have available and how you use them. And you and your ability to leverage those resources are invaluable.

For the longest time, I built a business that cost me next to nothing to operate. This is the first year where I’ve got much higher costs to cover and even then I’m still using free resources to grow my business.

Resourcefulness is the as Hemingway said, looking at what you have around you that you can use to your advantage. That includes yourself and your own mindset and knowledge.

It is boundless and can continue to expand if you are committed to growing and developing yourself. You can figure your way out of many issues thanks in part to creative thinking. And above all, you can leverage the solution through persistence and focus.

All that you have to do is tap into it.

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