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Just like hero origin stories in fiction, there are examples of real-life celebrities who have gone through very upsetting situations in their early childhood that shaped their life. Stan Lee and J. K Rowling survived difficult years in poverty. Oprah Winfrey was abused by trusted family friends at the age of nine. However, these circumstances didn’t define or stop them from becoming who they are today. The key to developing emotional strength is to give a positive meaning to a negative event. In part 7 of this series, I discuss one of the 14 possible meanings you can assign to your circumstances.

Here is the complete set of all the parts on emotional resilience. Each covers a different reason of why bad things happen and how to overcome them:

Part 1: General framework of how to develop emotional balance during an upsetting situation.

Part 2: The relation between the laws of attraction and toxic people entering your life.

Part 3: Why do other people treat us badly and how to understand them.

Part 4: How to correct our own perceptions about negative events.

Part 5: Another reason why you may experience the worst kind of situation.

Part 6: How to look at a situation when your plans don’t work out.

Part 7: Hero origin stories from difficult life circumstances.

Part 8: How to be calm in the face of rejection

Part 9: How to be resilient in the face of failure

Part 10: In the face of challenging circumstances, assign this meaning.

Part 11: How to stop feeling stuck about a challenging event

Part 12: How to view challenges as growth opportunities

Part 13: How to move on from a negative person or situation

Part 14: The final part on how to find a positive meaning in negative events

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