“Everyone reading this book has faced adversity, and each has failed at least once in life. This issue is neither adversity nor failure per se, but what happens in the wake of adversity when you find yourself in the dark abyss of the despair. Successful people fail. Happy people fail. The key doesn’t lie in the nature of the adversity. What really matters is the personal resilience you possess in the wake of adversity.” – Stronger
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to thrive under pressure while others have such an incredibly hard time getting past the hard times in life? Douglas Strouse, Dennis Cormack and George Everly Jr. share what they believe are the differences between those who crumble or stumble when life gets tough and those who experience difficulties as just bumps in the road.
Based on their research and experiences, the authors identify five key factors in developing personal resilience:
- Active optimism
- Decisive action
- Moral compass
- Relentless tenacity and determination
- Interpersonal support
With these five factors in place, resilient people withstand adversity and make good decisions under pressure. In addition to presenting two major themes – “Tomorrow is the first day of your life” and “Anything worth having is worth failing for” – the book offers homework and self-assessment pages that allow readers to reflect on their stories and improve their lives.
This is an energizing book that will help you not only understand resilience but also take steps toward building it for yourself.