In this complex world we live in, there is a special quality that can play a pivotal role in our personal development. That quality is called “resourcefulness.”

Resourcefulness can be found in all walks of life. Some examples include entrepreneurs in business, our soldiers on the battlefield and our medical staff in our emergency rooms. We all possess this quality however the level of resourcefulness varies from one individual to another.

I am reminded of one of my favorite books that I read as a child called Robinson Crusoe. In this book, Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island and successfully survives for years. He learns to adapt and uses the material he finds to make weapons and tools for his shelter and food. Without his resourcefulness, he would never have survived.

I am also reminded of my Boy Scout experience where I learned a set of skills which I practiced until I gained proficiency. As I increased by competency in the various skills (such as tying knots), I developed and gained confidence in myself and learned how to be resourceful. Through this experience, I attained a level of personal growth.

Are you aware of anyone who has demonstrated resourcefulness in their life?

Are you aware of the key characteristics that someone possesses who you consider to be resourceful?

In this post we will try to point out what it takes to be resourceful and how having this quality can have a major impact on your life.

Definition of Resourcefulness

Webster’s Dictionary defines resourcefulness as “able to deal well with new or difficult situations and to find solutions to problems.”

Characteristics Of Resourcefulness

  • Have an Open Mind – in order to be resourceful, we must be flexible when we look at new possibilities.
  • Ask Questions – by asking questions such as: Is there a better way to perform this task?; What information can I obtain that will help me solve this problem? Asking questions can be a powerful motivation to coming up with creative solutions.
  • Be a Risk Taker –  being resourceful means taking risks at times and having the ability to get out of your comfort zone.


Resourcefulness is a very important quality that has a direct impact on our personal development.

In order to lead a more fulfilling and productive life, try emulating some of the characteristics of resourcefulness listed above.

About the author: Bob

Bob is a businessman, athlete, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people progress personally through better self-awareness.

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