• Robert Eckelman

What gives some the ability to face adversity, to go beyond their physical & mental ability? SISU


What gives some the ability to face challenges & adversity head-on and overcome them. What enables some to decide on a course of action and stay with it beyond their normal physical and mental ability to defy the odds.


You may have seen this ability in some people. You may have this ability. It may be hard to describe or you may not have a single word for it. Now you do it is SISU.


SISU is a Finnish concept described as stoic determination, tenacity, perseverance, grit, bravery, resilience, hardiness, endurance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity. SISU is an inner reserve of diligence. SISU is not momentary courage, rather it is the ability to sustain and complete what you have set out to accomplish in spite of setbacks.


I am not Finnish and I don’t even think I know anyone from Finland but I have adopted the concept. I try to make SISU my mindset and personal philosophy, I hope to live it. I have Posted about SISU before but now here is a TED Video from someone that knows much more about SISU than I do. Hope you enjoy it.