- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: AMACOM; Special ed. edition (August 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814436048
- ISBN-13: 978-0814436042
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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"Stronger is full of insightful lessons and a handful of homework and self-assessments that will help you to unleash your inner resilience to succeed in life." --Rewire Me
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Professional athletes, surgeons, first responders—all perform remarkable feats in the face of intense stress. Why do they thrive under pressure, while others succumb?
What separates the two is attitude. Resilient people meet adversity head-on and bounce back from setbacks. They seem to naturally exude an inner strength—but studies show that resilience is something that anyone can build. Analyzing the heroic exploits of U.S. Navy SEALs and others who succeed against all odds, Stronger identifies five factors that combine to unlock deep reserves of personal power:
Active optimism—believe that you can change things for the better • Decisive action—you can't succeed if you don't take the leap • Moral compass—face any challenge with clear guiding principles • Relentless tenacity—try, try again • Interpersonal support—gain strength from those around you
Drawing on the unique perspective of a standout team of authors (a stress management expert, a skilled entrepreneur, and a Navy SEAL), Stronger explores the science behind resilience and explains how you can develop this vital trait for yourself. Whatever your profession, today's demanding world calls for a special kind of strength. This revealing book holds the key.
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Stronger – Develop the Resilience You Need to Succeed is a crack team of experts cramming over thirty years worth of valuable experience into one surprisingly easy book to read. This volume will not weigh you down with heavy psychology, over the top spirituality, or tales of success that are too far out of your reach to even gain hope from. All three of these authors are smart, direct, and want nothing more than for you to get where you want to go.
Right of the bat they admit everyone involved in this book, and likely everyone reading it, has all failed at some point in their life. The goal is not to try and eradicate all failure because that would be a fool’s errand. We will always make mistakes in our lives, the goal is to get better at learning from those and bouncing back quicker every time.
They quote Al Neuharth, the owner of USA Today, who said:
Everyone should fail in a big way at least once before they’re forty. The bigger you fail, the bigger you’re likely to succeed later.
They refer to this as gaining “psychological body armor” and their key is personal resilience, which is comprised of five factors:
Relentless, Tenacity, Determination
These steps are all important and generally lead from one to the next. They dive into each of these points with a full chapter containing their philosophy behind it alongside true life stories of these attributes in action.
My favorite of all these steps is the moral compass. It was interesting to see while they did mention God at points, they didn’t affix having morality and ethics to just being religious. Everyone, no matter what their faith is or if they have any faith at all can still be a truly moral and ethical person. The important part is using that morality to balance each and every action you make to see if it falls on the right side.
Later in the book, they also make a great point when talking about your personal outlook on other people’s actions and how they affect you. They write:
Don’t forget Hanlon’s razor: Never attribute to malice that which can adequately explained by stupidity.
I’m keeping that one in my brain for a long time.
Stronger – Develop the Resilience You Need to Succeed is not just a collection of heroic stories from people who you wish you could be. In fact it doesn’t want you to be those people at all. Instead they want to help you become the best version of you possible and they laid a bunch of breadcrumbs song the way for you to follow.
Honestly, I ate all the breadcrumbs and I’m going back for seconds.
Attitude, persistence, resiliency and yes strength these are all the keys qualities of a person who will succeed at anything she tries. There is an old saying that goes “people don’t fail, they quit” and this is what this book is all about.
It is chuck full of inspirational true stories of people who succeeded mostly by having the strength to outlast adversity from Pat Rutherford who is the first fully functioning quadriplegic to Jim Craig the “Miracle on Ice” goalie of the US Gold Medal winning hockey team who took what he learned about life from his parents and coaches and turned it into a successful consulting business teaching others how to win by being stronger.
But this book is not just about people with inspirational stories but also it is a primer on how to become stronger, how to attain the characteristics that make people stronger and drive them to get things done. It is above all an instructional on how to become a person who strives to and then does succeed by using the methods and tools described in this book.
From the book: Harnessing the power of optimism and self-fulfilling prophecy
Fours ways you can leverage a success-building model…
• Break down large tasks into smaller and more manageable parts.
• When a task is too big ask for assistance.
• Rehearse and practice, practice, practice.
• Visualize your successes. If you can imagine it…if you can see it you can do it!
Every chapter offers pertinent advice on various versions of character development including:
The Moral Compass: Honesty, Integrity, Fidelity and Ethical Behavior