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Above All Else: A World Champion Skydiver's Story of Survival and What It Taught Him About Fear, Adversity, and Success Paperback – September 15, 2011
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"Dan's story is one that every human being needs to read. It's about the power of the human spirit and it's ability to overcome seemingly impossible odds. This is a story that everyone can benefit from reading."
Chet Holmes, Best Selling author of the #1 sales book, The Ultimate Sales Machine and CEO of Business Breakthroughs
“Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld is a class act and I am grateful to know him as a friend. I have so much respect for him as a man—he not only understands the things we both talk about, he has lived them through extreme stress and has contributed greatly to the lives of others as a result.” (Tony Robbins)
“Whether it’s overcoming a phobia, transcending physical limitations, or going for the gold in sports or your vocation, let Dan’s love of life and principles help you align with success.” (Melody Beattie, author of Codependent No More)
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On top of all that, this book is an authoritative history of modern skydiving told by someone who was not just a first-hand witness to it, but was - and remains - one of the makers of that history.
Of course, no one else could write it, as it is primarily an autobiography of one of the most extraordinary men I have had the honor to know in my life. But I also do not possess the skill to so artfully tell a story, that were it not true would be unbelievable, and tell it with elegance, beauty, poise, and clarity. Dan Brodsky Chenfeld tells his story with the smoothness and flow of a mountain stream.
No one alive could read this book and come to the finish as the same person. It is a book about determination, courage, and intensity that all will appreciate and benefit from. Part Two is a brief, well-thought-out self-help book that can apply to any profession, though this book is about skydiving. But you could ignore self-help if you wish and just read this amazing story.
For reasons Dan explains he was captivated by flight since childhood, but when he first jumped from a plane with a parachute at the age of 18 he had found a life's work and challenge to become the best competitive skydiver in the world. It is a hobby and profession that pays no tangible benefits other than being the best in the world at a sport few mortals ever experience.
Self-interest alert: I am a skydiver and met Dan soon after his first jump. I watched his riveting determination to be the best develop over the years; he moved to California, where he felt his chances to improve were greater.
I followed his career for years as he climbed the ladder of excellence until it all ended, I thought, in a plane crash that killed 17 of 22 skydivers aboard, including one of his and my best friends, the amazing James Layne.Read more ›
Dan shares the insights he has developed over the last few decades in building, leading and coaching world class teams and the processes, attitudes and tools that create success. These techniques can be used by everyone in their daily lives to perform at their best. There are sections in the book (e.g. Visualization, Peak Performance) that I have already gone back to a few times and I pick up something new every time.
I feel there is something for everyone in this book. Highly recommended.
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A truly great read by an amazing individual. As a skydiver with over 50years of continuous participation I was blown away by the dedication/motivation/application of Dan B-C to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration. It's a skydiver's story but the message carries over to anyone determined towards excellence.Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Horspool
Excellent read! Not only is Dan's story eye opening, it is an inspiring account of the power the resides within all of us. The read was smooth and easy to digest. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am a Skydiver, although this book is not just for skydivers.. It is a great read and story through Dan's life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by T. Berg
Inspiring and a great story of a truly special human being. Highly recommended!!Published 3 months ago by gt59
This is really two great books in one. The first is a riveting adventure story of following a dream to its greatest fulfillment, despite devastating injury and loss. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cleo S. Jaton
If you are a skydiver, this should be mandatory reading along with the Skydivers Information Manual. It's a fascinating story of turning disaster into triumph. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barry Williams
I'm currently a member of the US World Team, training to compete in the 2016 World Meet at Skydive Chicago. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael R.