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Resilience In Hard Times

December 1, 2019

You’re going to get knocked down. A long business relationship will come to a sudden end. A contract won’t be renewed. A lover will call it a day. People will suddenly be weird with you. They’ll keep you out of lovely things and you won’t know why. You’ll read about yourself on social media and every worst fear will be confirmed. Quite a lot of things go wrong over a lifetime and you’ll want to die and throw it all in and quit this painful world. When you look at a child, this is what’s coming to them. That’s what makes it moving to look at a baby sleeping You’re looking at innocence through the lens of painful experience. Oh my, they are going to suffer and there’s simply nothing you can do to help them. Apart from one thing… Teach them that the suffering is normal. It isn’t a sign that life has gone wrong. It’s an ordinary part of everyone’s biography. The only way, is to learn to fight! The temptation would be to withdraw under a rock. To pull up the drawbridge; to go into a shell. But the challenges are like a fire, a bed of coals you have to walk across. The fight has to be expected. The difficulties are a sign that things are on track. That you’re being rejected, that there are haters, isn’t evidence that your life is a ruin. It’s proof that you’ve found something worth living for.

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  • Reply Isaac November 15, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Huh! So I AM a time traveller! WOW. juz.WOW.

  • Reply Isaac November 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Jeezus fuck so I CANT be a game designer. SHIT. Thats what happens when your too good I guess.

  • Reply Isaac November 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    HEY woah woah woah woah woah. Ok Im sorry for being a deep shit ok? dammson.

  • Reply Isaac November 15, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Can I pls be BFFs with YY now? Thanks m8! Oh yeah and thankuyy. Yeah help pass the message ty.

  • Reply Z1BABOUINOS November 15, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    …and this,
    is not a pipe

  • Reply Ross Malone November 16, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    1:23 i dont mean to be rude but id really love to understand the answer, how exactly is all that bad stuff PROOF that we've found something worth living for?

  • Reply Abhilash S November 17, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Reminds me of Jay Z in his autobiography 'I knew I was a success in the audio recording industry the day I had haters'.

  • Reply maestoso-allegro November 18, 2016 at 4:16 am

    I'd rather just die

  • Reply Moses Bushido November 18, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Alright, I have a question: this video concludes that things going wrong are 'a sign that you have found something worth living for.' How is one to draw hope from such events if the events themselves were the loss of pretty much everything you ever cared about? Relationships, friendships, the peace of mind from having financial stability…what if all of those go away, and every effort you make to rebuild falls apart, and that goes on for weeks into months into years? How is one to see any reason to continue after so much discouragement, especially when there's no guarantee things will improve in the future?

  • Reply Tory November 19, 2016 at 12:46 am

    the problem is… nothings wrong in my life. i have friends who want to see me, a good job, a house, family that tries to pull me out of my shell, yet i want nothing more than to set it all on fire and watch my life fall apart while everyone leaves me alone. im tired of everything, and i cant help myself, even if i wanted to.

  • Reply Mbc ‍ November 19, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Well shit. this was actually very helpful.

  • Reply Marcelo Oliveira November 19, 2016 at 11:15 am


  • Reply fabíola de andrade borges November 22, 2016 at 11:48 am

    subtitles in spanish or portuguese, please <3

  • Reply Steve Von Doom November 24, 2016 at 3:09 am

    this reminds me of the pink floyd lyric "Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way, the time has come the song is over , thought I'd something more to say…"

  • Reply Abhi33 FPSINDIA November 24, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    one entire day spent watching school of life videos and I realize I am great.

  • Reply enes uğurlu November 24, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I am a Turkom and I do not know enough English to tell you the videos you have prepared. Would you bring Turkish subtitles feature?

  • Reply Cee Jay November 24, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Life must be really hard always stepping on Lego 🙁

  • Reply PAPIMONDO510 November 24, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    got stood up

  • Reply z lstpedestrian November 25, 2016 at 1:52 am

    I'm hooked on these videos from these simple landscapes with gentle voices and soothing tones: oh, I hope the message is constructive. …..

  • Reply boutiagine November 26, 2016 at 8:26 am

    What a lot of rubbish. Trying to justify cruel injustices of growing inequality of Corporate Capitalism by saying: Ce la Vie. Good strategy guys.

  • Reply Marlon Blade November 30, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I'm not sure how much fight I have left in me. Is it finite?

  • Reply Clumsy Dad December 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    sweet action man, gracias

  • Reply Mérida Zenteno December 2, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Oh my, they are going to suffer.

  • Reply Tiffany December 2, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    I'm not convinced lol

  • Reply Fatlord27 December 6, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Saved my life. Fighting on.

  • Reply Bob Stein December 6, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Love the scene where he stays in bed until the police come and put up the yellow police tape. Now that's chillin.

  • Reply Mike Jones December 7, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Video is too long didn't watch. TLDW

  • Reply al jared December 7, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    shortest vid and most impactful

  • Reply Eduardo Neves December 8, 2016 at 3:39 am

    More videos with subtitles in Portuguese or Spanish please =)

  • Reply C. B. December 10, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Thanks for this. Sometimes we all need to be reminded to stay strong, and that when things sometimes go wrong, it's not necessarily a sign from the universe that life is shit. It's just hard to remember when going through the thick of it. I'll keep watching this as a reminder.

  • Reply Abhilash S December 10, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    💢…..LEARN TO FIGHT…..👊

  • Reply victor ortiz December 11, 2016 at 12:27 am

    learn to fight¡

  • Reply Amaya Harris December 16, 2016 at 3:12 am

    I don't usually cry, yet here I am sobbing over a damn lego animation.

  • Reply PAMELA TORRES December 17, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Unfortunately not everyone can hold on. Even if you decide not to escape by killing yourself, that doesn't mean your life will turn out for the better. What do you tell a homeless man who is starving on the street or hiding from police officers? How do you cope with the fact that everyone you know is sentenced to die?

  • Reply KarliN December 19, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    He found hotter blonde chick. Happy ending. Hahahahaha.

  • Reply maham meher December 19, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I literally needed this right now. my dad worries about so much that he almost hit his car and might even get fired from his job if he doesn't stop sneaking out to call me or stop going late to work after waiting for ages to drop me off at school so that I wouldn't have to walk in the cold weather.

  • Reply Spencer Reitz December 31, 2016 at 5:28 am

    This short video is the BEST the channel has ever done. Well done.

  • Reply adiksaff December 31, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I think this is just the video I needed to be able to sleep…

    Happy New Year School of Life!

  • Reply TriviaTree January 14, 2017 at 10:31 am


  • Reply Cynthia Johnson January 14, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you Alain!

  • Reply XenomorphLV426 January 15, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Thank you.

  • Reply stef ke January 25, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for making this channel.

  • Reply Miguel Almeida January 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm


  • Reply Candy Cat January 30, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I needed this so much :'(

  • Reply Bundaberg Bear March 13, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks Botton for trying to help us in real daily human terms.

  • Reply TheDetective March 13, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    This is perfect, love the message.

  • Reply Jessie F March 22, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    This video has really helped me. So short and sweet. But perfect. Thank you

  • Reply tock0 April 2, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    At left I see Turg, the mixel. 0:54

  • Reply Sydney Rodrigues April 15, 2017 at 6:36 am

    This video is really touching .

  • Reply anton tk April 22, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Lego movie anyone? Lol but man do i miss legos, is 26 too old to start playing with legos again?

  • Reply Cristian AL April 26, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    This is awesome

  • Reply Nahla Abdullah April 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    very nice video : )
    Anyone have an idea how do I relate this to self-efficacy or Health belief model?

  • Reply Forrest L April 30, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    whoever did the animation did a fantastic job

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    Liked and subscribe please sub back to my YouTube channel. I'm sucidal and all I want is a successful YouTube channel

  • Reply Ali AD July 26, 2017 at 4:39 pm


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  • Reply Jov Emmanuel Ermitaño August 5, 2017 at 10:04 am


  • Reply Enevry August 11, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Thank You

  • Reply David Arnold August 15, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    One quote that is burned on my mind "For it is not reasonable that he who does not shoot should hit the mark, nor that he who does not stand fast at his post that should win the day, or that the helpless man succeed or the coward prosper."-Plutarch

  • Reply Don Smith September 4, 2017 at 5:05 am

    fantastic short video thank you

  • Reply Steve Jones September 25, 2017 at 7:09 pm


  • Reply rickty rickty wrecked October 26, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Resilience can sometimes work against you. Being the mind set of "i need to ignore these negitave feelinf because people rely on me" its ok to be vulnerable even if you remain collected on the exterior. We all deserve one person to be 100% emotionally honest with.

    Thats my drunk wisdom of the wensday

  • Reply Hans Hoerdemann January 1, 2018 at 12:45 am

    The last statement/conclusion is nonsensical.

  • Reply joshua byrne January 8, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    This short film has moved me to a huge degree the truthfulness nearly brings me to tears, I will be watching this at least once everyday to keep motivation on chasing my dreams

  • Reply suman anand January 17, 2018 at 4:55 pm


  • Reply Alexandra Valeria January 17, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you.

  • Reply Killjoy0329 January 21, 2018 at 8:35 am

    What is the song name? And the instrument name?

  • Reply Admiral Good Boy January 28, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Thats right all i want is to find something worth loving for

  • Reply Paul Taylor February 1, 2018 at 9:31 am

    this is beautiful

  • Reply Harmen Breedeveld February 23, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Compliments for maybe the best – certainly the most pithy – video up till now. Thank you.

  • Reply ngNudraconis March 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    28. Career is stuck. Love someone who doesnt love me. Doesnt have a house. Family think i am not a success. When will that person will come to shield me from the water

  • Reply Bruna Vendramini April 9, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Eu estava pronta pra faltar na aula, mas esse vídeo me fez levantar, arrumar os livros e agora estou melhor, pronta para ir!

  • Reply Kerim Moral May 6, 2018 at 7:34 am

    I feel really better now, thank you School of life for everything.

  • Reply Nunu May 18, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Great lego animation! 👍

  • Reply Pulling the Strings May 22, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    My mom told me

    "Either you find something to live for, or you find something to die for".

  • Reply Iderpiez May 23, 2018 at 3:26 pm

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  • Reply With This I Post May 31, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Is that Alain de Botton's voice?

  • Reply LegoLorax June 11, 2018 at 2:29 am

    We need stuff like this more in schools than actual school education.

  • Reply Christopher Aguilar July 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Alain, your work always soothes me in hard times. Thanks for this. Suffering is normal…somehow that's a relief.

  • Reply Conner Fields July 24, 2018 at 2:50 am

    I like this.

  • Reply caihong wang July 30, 2018 at 7:25 am


  • Reply Lucas Santoro September 18, 2018 at 2:51 am

    A close friend is moving to spain and I'm going to miss him so much. I'm sad and I don't want to go to work tomorrow.

  • Reply shadow McCain October 31, 2018 at 10:24 pm


  • Reply yoooyoyooo November 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    So how are you people doing? Everything seems to be according to plan on my end. 🙂

  • Reply larevolucion2 November 24, 2018 at 6:48 am

    I needed this video, thanks

  • Reply Waffles January 8, 2019 at 6:45 pm


  • Reply Paloma Alves January 27, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Made me shed a tear and feel more calm <3 I needed this

  • Reply James Lovell February 16, 2019 at 1:59 am

    This dude’s voice is incredible. I don’t think this channel would be nearly as interesting if someone else did the voice overs. In fact, I know it wouldn’t be. I’ve seen some of the videos that don’t have Alain’s voice in them. And they suck. Sorry School of Life. Better keep ole boy on the mic.

  • Reply greatcurious cat February 17, 2019 at 11:40 am

    We either win or learn. Every failure is a lesson learned in life.

  • Reply Yo Yoyo March 16, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    This channel is so soothing to me

  • Reply W. Eddy March 18, 2019 at 1:06 am

    This video helped me through a dark time in my life. Thank you for doing what your doing.

  • Reply Kick a Poo March 20, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Couldn't help but laugh by him becoming scraggly, on his lego mattress, surrounded by junk food and "stud light," at 1:10. Funny. Will watch again to cheer up.

  • Reply AnushiRawan April 8, 2019 at 5:55 am

    i am better off after seeing this

  • Reply aMekki April 25, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Jenny Cape April 30, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    I watch this video on multiple occasions to the point where I know each line. But after every bad day that I have, this video still gives me the hope that better things are coming and I shouldn't quit. Thanks a lot school of life ❤

  • Reply Ajay Kumar May 11, 2019 at 8:35 pm


  • Reply traderpapertiga May 28, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Helps me cope when my Amazon deliveries are late 😂

    (But a great message)

  • Reply gnawly muffins August 8, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    the lego baby is so adorable

  • Reply Cobalt September 3, 2019 at 8:12 am

    My life is a train wreck and I'm not sure how much more of this I can take.

  • Reply N.W.A /IceCube November 3, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I'm glad I found your channel guys. Keep it up

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