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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 8, 2011
I found this book to have good advice on how not to let life's blows defeat you, and good examples of people doing exactly that. Not all of the advice and examples resonated with me, but some did and probably those that didn't will resonate with another reader. Or even be life-changing.

One example that I especially found inspiring begins on page 107. Ms. Ricotti calls it her Oprah Story (Oprah Winfrey). I've never seen a single episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show and wouldn't know Ms. Winfrey if we happened to meet in the grocery line. But I do know of her reputation for promoting literacy (hurrah!) and specific books.

Ms. Rocotti had committed to a speaking engagement, about a year ahead of time. But other things happened in her life, and as the time for the speaking engagement approached she felt a loss of relevancy. She really didn't want to go. She had negative thoughts about this. Her mental state was what she called "staring at a closed door." She was interpreting this situation as negative, instead of looking at it as an opportunity. Not just to do the best possible job of speaking to those people she had promised to speak to, but to do something else fruitful in this locale.

The event was in Chicago, which also happens to be Oprah Winfrey's home base. Small problem: She didn't know anybody in Ms. Winfrey's organization. Her solution was to do some research online, identify people in the Winfrey organization, and write to them. She didn't have their e-mail addresses, but through trial and error figured those out.

What happened was she got a meeting with a producer, and it went exceedingly well. Her speaking engagement was to a health club, and it turned out he used to be a personal trainer. He was also a published author, and he made a phone call on her behalf during the meeting. That led to her getting her first book published.

It's not a "good luck" story, and it's not a story about being idiotically optimistic. It's a story about identifying what you want to do, and then making it happen. A consistent theme throughout this book seems to be a theme I encounter in my own experiences. You can choose to just give up, or you can choose to make things work out for you. On that latter choice, you might have only a partial plan. But if you start doing, you can see what to do next. One step leads to another.

This book contains many real examples of real people just not giving up. They didn't have great luck, in fact many had really bad luck. But they didn't let that stop them. The key, I think, is purposeful persistence.

This book consists of 7 chapters in 169 pages, Conclusion, Epilogue, and Resources. It also has an appendix that provides the biographies of the people who contributed their stories of overcoming adversity. The book is also indexed, and it contains the author's bio.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2012
This book came into my life at the right time. Lately I faced many challanges that did knock me down. I needed inspiration & help.This book is simple yet profound. Sonia's amazing yet simple way of writing made it sound like reading a friend's diary.Iam happy that I got to read this book that reminded me that there is hope out there & that others' too face alot in their lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2013
Great stories that will inspire you. A must read for anyone who has been down and wants to find another way to live life in their terms.
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on January 26, 2015
Sonia Ricotti draws on her personal experience in giving advice on how to bounce back from adversity. Some of what she advocates is common sense and some of what she writes is widely disseminated elsewhere. However, there is enough information presented in a new and unique way to make the book worthwhile. There are sentences and paragraphs that are so well phrased and targeted that they deeply resonated with me. “Tips” offered at the end of each chapter are helpful. Following many sections, Ricotti includes someone’s story to illustrate the idea. There’s a lot of good stuff in this book
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on November 16, 2013
Sonia Ricotti tells her story in UNSINKABLE and discusses the Law of Attraction principles that are underlying our lives. Her main focus is approaching problem situations arising and how to resolve the issues and corresponding emotional hooks due to subconscious programs and patterns learned from others around us as we matured into adulthood. The book is easy reading and assists in providing a boost when life events are not running smoothly. She leads the reader through making attitude changes.
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on December 20, 2013
Overall the book was useful to me. I passed it on to a friend, waiting to hear from them. I thought it might have had a little too much context from other authors.
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on April 24, 2015
Great book -- enjoyed and could relate to lots of the examples. I recommend it.
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Good for picking up one's spirits when life has given you a thump!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
But her webinar was long and got old and then selling mania turned me right off from any more interest
Not everyone bounces back so fast but the book is inspiring
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