Taylor Swift's tip on how to stay strong and bounce back

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Celebrities on how to stay strong in bad times

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No matter how good life gets, there will be times when you face setbacks. Here’s what you need to know to stay strong and bounce back

Find out what Taylor Swift, JK Rowling, Bear Grylls, and more have to say about: 

  • forgetting the past
  • building on failure
  • seizing opportunities
  • patience
  • giving up
  • and more
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“I distance myself, because I feel everything… Just because there’s a hurricane going on around you doesn’t mean you have to open the window and look at it”
Taylor Swift, queen of pop
Johnny Cash, man in black

Johnny Cash, man in black

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space”

“My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters”
Boris Johnson, UK, Foreign Secretary
Eugenie Bouchard, 2014 Wimbledon finalist

Eugenie Bouchard, 2014 Wimbledon finalist; current world ranking: 46  

“I’ve learned that it’s not a straight road to the top and there are going to be setbacks along the way. You have to be patient and you have to keep believing in what you’re doing. And keep believing in yourself, no matter what is happening. And then eventually, you’ll get there”

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life… You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity”
JK Rowling, former single mother on benefits
Robert Downey Jr, rider of fame’s rollercoaster

Robert Downey Jr, rider of fame’s rollercoaster

“Any of my answers always have to do with: I stopped worrying about fixing things and just dealt with what was right in front of me. The bouncing ball of the moment”

“Survival can be summed up in three words: never give up. That’s the heart of it, really. Just keep trying” 
Bear Grylls, adventurer
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03 2017 The Red Bulletin

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