Building Resilience in the Face of Adversity

Gian Power, founder of TLC Lions, inspired us at the Dive In Festival with his actionable coping strategies to achieve personal and professional success.

Gain Power was 23 years old when he began leading an international investigation into his father’s murder. Losing his number one role model forced him to embrace diversity and learn coping mechanisms to remain positive during the worst times in life. His personal experience spurred him on to set up TLC Lions, to support others by bringing together relatable roles models and pave the way for more emotional and inclusive leaders.


A former leader of him remained calm in the face of challenges and this spread to the rest of his team, resulting in clearer decision-making, more efficient results and the challenges being overcome much quicker. When situations are out of control, we can still change our behaviour. If you can embrace uncertainty and see it as an exciting opportunity to overcome, rather than a barrier, you can even thrive on challenges and become ready for the next.


In a world where unexpected events can overturn our personal and professional lives without warning, resilience is essential.


Here are his top strategies for honing this craft

1. Self-care

High flyers in business, entrepreneurs, athletes and academics all have a form of routine that helps them to perform. Once you identify what makes you happy, turn these activities into ‘non-negotiables’. This could be exercising regularly or meditating daily so that you can be more productive, motivated and determined.


2. Surround yourself with the right people

It is often said that we are the average of the five people we surround ourselves with. It is important to minimise people who take away from your strengths and learn from those who bring out the best version of yourself.


3. Keep going

There is no easy route to success. We have to persevere through the challenges and know achieving our goal will be worth it. Our dreams only work if we do!


4. Be courageous

Ask the question because if you don’t ask, you don’t receive. The worse response you can get is a no. You can then learn from this and move on.