- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade; F First Edition edition (March 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 054432398X
- ISBN-13: 978-0544323988
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (499 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life Hardcover – March 10, 2015
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"In Resilience, Eric Greitens provides a brilliant and brave course of action to help navigate life's roughest waters. Resilience is filled with solutions, passion and compassion. Every veteran of every war should read this invaluable book. So should their families. So should every American." —Admiral Mike Mullen, 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
"I love this book. It is tough, smart and compassionate. I know no one else who could have written a book like this. Eric Greitens has the real-life experience, the courage and the heart to give all of us the kind of advice that can be life changing. I will read, re-read, and send it to everyone I know. You should too!" —Martha Raddatz, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent
“What I have loved and admired most about Eric Greitens is that he sees the potential in all of us, and compels us to reach it. In Resilience, Greitens draws upon wisdom that is both ancient and powerfully relevant. Read it to win your own battles, and see why Eric Greitens is one of the great Americans of our time. " —J.J. Abrams, Producer/Director/Writer
“The consistent thread throughout Eric Greitens' life is a moral and practical commitment to the advancement of humankind. His initiative continues to inspire others to act. And in Resilience, he has generously shared what he has learned with all of us." —David Gergen Senior CNN Political Analyst and Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School
"This book is a gift not only to Greitens’s comrades-in-arms, but to readers everywhere."
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Greitens gives readers a solid core of ideas on ways to overcome adversity . . . Robust, heart-to-heart lessons for moving beyond obstacles to create a better life." —Kirkus Reviews
"Moving and candid . . . What distinguishes this most unusual book is the extent to which it draws on what it’s not too much to call the wisdom of the ages… Eric Greitens successfully reminds us of a larger lesson. As the texts to which he refers so seamlessly recede from academic curricula and become almost esoteric for too many Americans, Greitens makes clear their profound, ongoing relevance—not just to understanding our culture but in helping us to make sense of our lives. In incorporating them in his letters to his one-time SEAL training buddy, Greitens underscores how the impractical is actually practical—and how we turn away, at our own risk, from wisdom." —Forbes.com
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We do not bounce back from injury or pain. We have to move through it. Our culture is obsessed with happiness where to find it, how to achieve it but happiness should not be a goal but a byproduct of our actions. Resilience is what makes us strong, keeps us going, and improves our character along the way.Best-selling author, Navy SEAL, and humanitarian Eric Greitens offers a masterpiece of warrior wisdom that will change your life. In 2012, Eric Greitens unexpectedly heard from a former SEAL comrade, a brother-in-arms he hadn t seen in a decade. Zach Walker had been one of the toughest of the tough. But ever since he returned home from war to his young family in a small logging town, he d been struggling. Without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking, he needed help. Zach and Eric started writing and talking nearly every day, as Eric set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives. Eric s letters drawing on both his own experience and wisdom from ancient and modern thinkers are now gathered and edited into this timeless guidebook. "Resilience" explains how we can build purpose, confront pain, practice compassion, develop a vocation, find a mentor, create happiness, and much more. Eric s lessons are deep yet practical, and his advice leads to clear solutions. We all face pain, difficulty, and doubt. But we also have the tools to take control of our lives. "Resilience" is an inspiring meditation for the warrior in each of us."
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My own frontline was in the mountains of Afghanistan just a few short months ago. During the challenging deployment, I faced continual threats. These experiences began to take a very heavy toll on me. After many months of facing these challenges and with no end in sight, I allowed myself to lose hope that I would ever make it home. However, it was during this difficult time in my life that I called upon the lessons that I had previously pulled from another of Greitens’ books, The Heart and the Fist. In that book, he explained the great potential for our perspective to help us to overcome hardships. During those long, seemingly endless nights in Afghanistan, I kept those lessons very close to me to find a reservoir of strength within me that I had never knew existed.
I’m proud to have now returned home safely from the deployment and finding this book at this time in my life is a true gift. Although my frontlines are now different, I continue to face new challenges. There are other returning veterans just like me, facing similar challenges in their reintegration to civilian life. Zach Walker is one of those veterans. In Greitens’ letters to Walker throughout this book, I have found the book's true value. Instead of merely reading correspondence between two friends, this book feels as though it is written to me: encouraging me, inspiring me and challenging me to strengthen my inner resilience to overcome hardships on my new frontlines. In that way, this book is written to each of us.
It doesn’t matter the source of your challenges in life, this book is an outstanding gift for each of us at facing challenges, overcoming hardships, and finding our own inner resilience.
After reading two of his books I really get the feeling that this world is a better place with Eric Greitens in it. He really comes across as a person trying to make things better.
Reminiscent of Seneca’s Letters from a Stoic, Resilience is ostensibly presented as a series of letters between Greitens and a former Navy SEAL teammate who needs help recovering from PTSD. Whether that’s just a literary device or not makes little difference. This is a practical book full of hard-won wisdom for living.
Greitens makes frequent reference to the Greeks and Romans. It’s no coincidence that Stoicism appears often, as the philosophy is well-suited to the challenges of military service and modern life. Each letter loosely follows a theme, from happiness to power, fear to death.
The book isn’t perfect by any means. It’s longwinded at times, and I have some minor quibbles with how Greitens handles criticism of a controversial religious figure. But those issues don’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. This one is worth returning to as we encounter the frontlines of life.
Greitens is authentic and impressive, and the world needs more leaders like him who possess the talent to espouse their values while living them. Resilience is a good embodiment of those values and a respectable sophomore effort.
The truth is: we must learn to endure hardship. This book provides strategies - a system - for enduring but also thriving. If you are on the fence about buying the book, get off. I've read if four times since buying it and I get something new from each part each time. Watch Brian Johnson's Philosopher's Notes, review some of the core ideas in the book on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7auriAoTN0
I recommend buying the Kindle version that offers audio as you will want to review the material frequently. The audio version allows you to read, highlight, and annotate but you'll benefit from listening to the book while driving, working out, or on the subway too. The Heart and the Fist is also wonderful.