Resources vs. Resourcefulness

Happy Monday!

Often times people make excuses for not achieving their goals: they don’t have the time, they don’t have the money, they don’t have the help.  These are all excuses we have heard before.  However, if you look at some of the most successful people in they world, they achieved their success not because they had access to all of these resources but rather their resourcefulness. 

Resourcefulness is the ability to overcome obstacles or difficulties through creativity, determination, passion, curiosity, and grit.  Don’t let excuses get in the way of what you are capable of achieving.  Change your mindset to look past these limitations and that will help keep you moving forward towards your goals.

There are things you can do to improve your resourcefulness.    

  1. Focus – Put your focus on things you can control.  Don’t think about what other people are doing, instead what can you do to improve?
  2. Creativity – It’s also important to separate time for creativity by trying to solve something with time limits and limited resources.  Work on new things that make you think outside the box. 
  3. Journal – Another way to work on resourcefulness is to journal your small wins.  This will help you keep track of what works and what doesn’t.  Plus it is a reminder of how far you have come.

Finally, there is a great book titled “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” that truly gets to the heart of resourcefulness.  It tells the true story of how a 12 year old boy from Africa creates a windmill to help power his village out of scraps he would find in dumpsters.  Despite doubt from his family and teachers, his persistence and determination push him to overcome adversity.  The book is so good that Netflix even created a movie based on the memoir by William Kamkwamba.  Don’t let the idea of lack of resources stop you from achieving your goals, and look for ways to be resourceful.For this week’s #MakeItHappen, maybe watch the movie on Netflix and let it inspire you to work on ways to improve your resourcefulness. Let us know how it goes and email us at or share your story and tag us on social.

Go make it happen,
Luly & the YTeach Team

“It’s not resources but resourcefulness that ultimately make the difference.”
– Tony Robinson

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