Often translated as resilience or perseverance, the Finnish concept of sisu is about never giving up, even when a task is seemingly impossible. Considered a hot topic of popular psychology, sisu is regarded as having a positive impact on mental health. At the heart of sisu is the idea of getting back up from failures, whether that be losing a job or the end of a relationship, and having the courage to use that experience to further oneself. Running a marathon and feel like you’ve hit a wall? Got a business idea but too scared to try it? Channelling sisu can be the key to overcoming both mental and physical blocks. Although a Finnish concept, this book explains how anyone can embrace sisu and channel their inner courage to make the most of any situation.
Justyn Barnes has authored over 60 books, including Sunday Times bestsellers and mindful guides like Ikigai which help readers to discover their reason for being. He lives, writes and practises sisu in Hastings Old Town on the south coast of England.