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The Next Happy: Let Go of the Life You Planned and Find a New Way Forward
When the best option is to let go of the life you planned for yourself and find a new path, a world of possibilities can surprisingly open up.
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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Resource International (May 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983275904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983275909
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,516,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

THE AUTHOR Dr. Rob Pennington completed his doctorate at The University of Texas at Austin in educational psychology in 1976. In addition to his career in counseling and executive coaching, Dr. Pennington was a professor at three universities, a four-time recipient of the Mental Health Association’s Outstanding Speaker Award and one of Meeting Professional International’s original Platinum Presenters. He has received the highest trainer evaluations each year, for twenty-nine years, from Fortune 100 employees for his trainings, “Successfully Managing the Stress of Change” and “Successful Work Relationships”. Dr. Pennington’s intensive academic understanding paired with profound personal experience helps him make complex issues understandable in a delightfully common-sense manner. For the first time in book form, Dr. Pennington provides insights he has presented in trainings and keynotes worldwide on a range of professional and personal development topics.

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I read between 25-30 nonfiction books a year.
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This book can teach you new and creative ways to change your reaction to life's challenges, thus creating a different result and new opportunities.
scottyshadow
It is really nice to read a book by a psychologist that makes sense.
Ruth A. Hill

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By scottyshadow on July 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading "Find the Upside of the Down Times" and found it to be an uplifting rendition of using specific techniques to improve one's ability to face life's challenges. This is not so much a story book, but a book with nine chapters, each chapter addressing a specific challenge and new ways to look at those challenges as opportunities. Each chapter ends with exercises one can use to change one's previous reaction to challenges. Some chapters I had to read more than once.

I have ordered a copy of the book for each of my two daughters, who, like all of us, face their own challenges in life.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is tired of facing life's challenges and reacting the same way to them, but expecting different results. This book can teach you new and creative ways to change your reaction to life's challenges, thus creating a different result and new opportunities. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jerry T on July 22, 2011
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"This is book is the ultimate example of the ability of a person to turn lemons into lemonade. Besides giving you his own experiences, Rob points the way for you to be able to take a second look at the 'negative' experiences that happen to you, learn from them and turn them around. And he does it all in a humorous way. Thank you, Rob for a wonderful book!

Dr. Jerry V. Teplitz, author of Managing Your Stress in Difficult Times: Succeeding in Times of Change and Switched-On Selling: Balance Your Brain for Sales Success.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jim Nourse on July 22, 2011
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People who are looking for a way to feel better about their circumstances will gather reassurance from reading Rob's book, and people who are willing to do the work to build a more enlightened way of living will find it to be a superb operator's manual.

James C. Nourse, PhD, LAc, psychologist, acupuncturist & author of Simple Spirituality, Finding Your Own Way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Harrill, MEd on July 22, 2011
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"We all can learn how to move beyond challenging life experiences. Rob shows that with an open heart we can meet with acceptance all that life brings us. The exercises at the end of each chapter of his new book make this powerful message personal to our own lives."'

Suzanne E. Harrill, M.Ed., LPC, Coach and Author Enlightening Cinderella: Beyond the Prince Charming FantasySeed Thoughts for Loving YourselfEmpowering Teens to Build Self-EsteemThe Harrill Solution-Secrets of Successful Relationships Revealed [...]Simple Secrets for Building Self-Esteem & Finding Your True Self
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry on July 22, 2011
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Love your book. Gil Rendle says, `New sciences talk of chaos as order not yet discovered.' I see your book as a living proof of that statement. Out of the seeming chaos of one's life your book can be a guide to aid the reader to move through life without fear. You equip the reader with an understanding that change and chaos are very possibly real world and even spiritual opportunities. People today are in need of such help. Your book provides that help to anyone wanting relevant meaning in their life journey. Bravo!

Dr. Jerry Pennington, East District Superintendent, United Methodist Church, Texas Conference
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We have all heard the saying that if something could go wrong it probably could. For Dr. Rob Pennington he saw himself as an individual who experienced a downpour of negativity and hardship in his life with seemingly no way out. That was until he realized the power he personally had to change the way he perceived his circumstances and how that in effect brought about a whole new attitude.

In the book FIND THE UPSIDE OF THE DOWN TIMES, Pennington takes us into his personal experiences, what worked for him and how we can do the same in our own lives. This is a book that not only tells you what to do. It allows you to see from someone who has done it what can happen when you decide to live life differently.

The other thing that is so great about Pennington's book is the reminder we get that there will always be someone who has it worse off than we do. We sometimes get so into feeling sorry for ourselves and what we are experiencing that we lose sight of how others need to be encouraged and uplifted through their own dark chapters. This is way THE UPSIDE OF THE DOWN TIMES is critical for all of us. The author let's us see that we can make a difference and use our experiences both good and bad to not only help ourselves but others as well.

I recommend this book not just because of the practical value it offers the reader but the effect it is sure to have on all that hear about it. If you want to experience the bright side of life then get ready to realize that it all begins with you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doreen Wise on July 22, 2011
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"For those of us blessed to know Rob, this book is the essence of his kindness and beautiful view of life. He lives his teachings... and demonstrates that we have the choice to live life miserably or to engage life's challenge to live happily, no matter what life tosses your way! Doreen James Wise, RN, EdD, CEO, Medical Research Consultants
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julia Carroll, MA on July 22, 2011
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"Dr. Pennington's experiences are real, personal, soul-searching, almost despairing at times, but never, ever - not once - did he fall - neither did he fail. This book is a "book for the times" as we are all falling prey to economical tides, natural earthly disasters and many wars on many continents - all at the same time. Rob's life "storms" are stories of courage, faith and miracles and you will be inspired to look up and see the sun and not the clouds. Henry Ford said, "Character is built by setbacks and grief that keep us moving forward." Keep this book on your desk, your bedside table and in your briefcase for it is an important and vital reference for this generation and beyond."
Julia Carroll, Author, NU-REIKI ONENESS: The Enlightened Reiki and Healed by Light: Professional Art Therapy. [...]
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More About the Author

Four time recipient of the Mental Health Association's Outstanding Speaker Award, one of Meeting Professional International's original Platinum Presenters, and a Vistage Speaker for CEOs; educational psychologist Dr. Rob Pennington has been entertaining and inspiring audiences since 1976 following the completion of his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. He has consistently received the highest trainer evaluations from ExxonMobil employees, each year, for 30 years for his multi-day programs: "Successfully Managing the Stress of Change" and "Successful Work Relationships".

Prior to his careers in counseling and executive coaching, Dr. Pennington was a professor at three universities. His intensive academic understanding paired with profound personal experience (he's been shot, fired, divorced, audited by the IRS, self-employed 30 years, remarried with 2 pre-teen daughters and a wife who he cared for until her passing 28 years later from multiple sclerosis) make him one of the most engaging and transformational teachers available today.

A co-founder and partner with both Geode Educational Services, mindoh.org, creators of character education materials for middle and high school students; and Resource International, resource-i.com, a management consulting firm supporting executives to produce more effective results by balancing their authority and collaboration with their direct reports, Dr. Pennington makes complex issues understandable in a delightfully common-sense manner. For the first time in and award winning book, Dr. Pennington provides insights in "Find the Upside of the Down Times: How to Turn Your Worst Experiences into Your Best Opportunities!", that he has presented in trainings and keynotes worldwide on a range of professional and personal development topics.

Living in Houston Texas with his cats, Bunny and Tounces, Dr. Pennington spends most of his relaxing time with family and friends. He is currently President Elect of the Houston chapter of the The National Speakers' Association and coordinator of their Speaker Academy, a 10 month support and education group sponsored by the H designed to assist those committed to building a career as a professional speaker. He is also on the board of Houston Coaches and coordinator of the Coaches' Corner, a volunteer service that provides convention attendees with an introduction to coaching.

An avid UT Longhorn football fan, you can find Rob most Saturdays in the Fall with his parents and friends glued to his 150 inch HD home theater cheering the Orange & White to victory!

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