he greatest competitors are people who are relentless in whatever they do to gain success or victory, consistency, and patience. We see competitors like Dwayne Wade, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Warren Buffett, and so many others and call them champs within their field. These people are resilient in their effort, thoughts, and actions. Understanding how to achieve resilience is a mind building concept that entrepreneurs, business people, and investors need to develop to tackle any obstacle in their way. Taking the steps to skillfully study books on resilience will get you ahead of the game of success.
Best Books on Resilience: THE LIST
|1. The Bravest You|
|2. Full Catastrophe Living|
|3. The Boys in the Boat|
|4. The White Darkness|
|6. Braving the Wilderness|
|8. The Stuff|
|11. Extreme You|
|13. The Impossible Climb|
|14. The Beauty of Discomfort|
|15. Option B|
|16. The Joy in Business|
|18. Resilient Leadership 2.0|
|19. The Obstacle is the Way|
|20. The Courage Habit|
|21. Emotional Habits|
|22. The Upside of Stress|
|23. Escape from Camp 14|
|25. The Positive Dog|
|27. Dealing with the Tough Stuff|
|28. Overcoming Mobbing|
|29. Shackleton’s Way|
|30. The Lost Men|
|31. Leading at the Edge|
1 – The Bravest You | By Adam Kirk Smith
A feeling directionless, or perhaps too intimidated to make a necessary change in your life? Tired of letting your fears keep you from achieving your goals or becoming healthier, happier, or more successful? If so, this book is for you. Popular life coach and consultant Adam Smith has created a powerful method to help you harness your inner passion and drive to overcome whatever is holding you back.
The Bravest You presents the five-step Bravery Process™, an easy and highly effective way to master our biggest fears. Offering inspiring and helpful advice, Smith guides you through each stage of the process—Complacency, Inspiration, Fear, Passion, Bravery—showing how to identify goals and passions and apply the Bravery Process to any circumstance. These proven techniques will empower you to conquer your doubts once and for all and become your bravest self.
Covering the ten most common fears all successful people face, from the fears of inadequacy and being judged, to rejection, failure, loss of control, and loneliness, The Bravest You arms you with the necessary tools to tackle any fear-inducing situation head-on and lead the braver, happier, and more successful life you’ve always imagined.
Quotes from The bravest You;
“When we turn away from negativity, the difference in our outlook shows up in our words, in our thoughts and in the actions we live out each day.”
“Many times we know what is best for us, even in the midst of fear, yet we do something else. This is called lack of self-discipline.”
“One of the biggest problems in this world is that people don’t follow through on their original intentions with action.”
“Both Kodak and Polaroid started out well – even bravely, you might say. But over time, they failed to adapt to the changing marketplace.”
“Define what success is to you, focus on your work and fight for success. We all need that from you.”
“Life is a journey, and we can’t have the end result without first enduring the beginning and the middle.”
“Make people your passion, and find the reason behind the reason to do everything you do. This is the secret in finding passion and fighting your fears.”
“Stop dreaming up false fears beforehand, and instead begin being more realistic. Fighting your fears requires you to be realistically proactive, not reactive.”
2 – Full Catastrophe living | By Jon Kabat-Zinn
Stress. It can sap our energy, undermine our health if we let it, even shorten our lives. It makes us more vulnerable to anxiety and depression, disconnection, and disease. Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work—which gave rise to a whole new field in medicine and psychology—shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing. By engaging in these mindfulness practices and integrating them into your life from moment to moment and from day to day, you can learn to manage chronic pain, promote optimal healing, reduce anxiety and feelings of panic, and improve the overall quality of your life, relationships, and social networks. This second edition features results from recent studies on the science of mindfulness, a new Introduction, up-to-date statistics, and an extensive updated reading list. Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well and the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in our fast-paced world.
Quotes from Full Catastrophe Living;
“Mindfulness is “the awareness that arises by paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”
“Before we convince ourselves that our bodies are too this or too that, shouldn’t we get more in touch with how wonderful it is to have a body in the first place?”
“Acceptance…simply means that, sooner or later, you have come around to a willingness to see things as they are.”
“It is not that mindfulness is the ‘answer’ to all life’s problems. Rather, it is that all life’s problems can be seen more clearly through the lens of a clear mind.”
“Unawareness can cause us to miss much of what is most beautiful and meaningful in our lives – and, as a consequence, be significantly less happy than we might be otherwise.”
“Knowing what you are doing while you are doing it is the essence of mindfulness practice.”
3 – The Boys in the Boat | By Daniel James Brown
For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.
It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.
4 – The White Darkness | By David Grann
Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history.
Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton’s men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modeled his military command on Shackleton’s legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world.
In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton’s crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 13, 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone.
David Grann tells Worsley’s remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called “simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today.” Illustrated with more than fifty stunning photographs from Worsley’s and Shackleton’s journeys, The White Darkness is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.
5 – Relentless | By Tim Grover and Shari Wenk
For more than two decades, legendary trainer Tim Grover has taken the greats—Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and hundreds of relentless competitors in sports, business, and every walk of life—and made them greater. Now, for the first time ever, he reveals what it takes to achieve total mental and physical dominance, showing you how to be relentless and achieve whatever you desire.
Direct, blunt, and brutally honest, Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: you keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, you never let your emotions make you weak. In “The Relentless 13,” he details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life. Relentless shows you how to trust your instincts and get in the Zone; how to control and adapt to any situation; how to find your opponent’s weakness and attack. Grover gives you the same advice he gives his world-class clients—“don’t think”—and shows you that anything is possible. Packed with previously untold stories and unparalleled insight into the psyches of the most successful and accomplished athletes of our time, Relentless shows you how even the best get better . . . and how you can too.
Quotes from Relentless;
“If you need a pat on the back and a ‘Good job!’ to get…off the couch, this is not the book for you.”
“The word relentless is used in sports to describe the most intense competitors and achievers imaginable, those who stop at nothing to get to the end result.”
“If you’re relentless, there is no halfway, no could or should or maybe.”
“Any workouts involving the words easy and comfort aren’t workouts. They’re insults.”
“Excellence isn’t only about hitting the gym and working up a sweat; that’s the smallest part of what you have to do.”
“You can read clever motivational slogans all day and still have no idea how to get where you want to be.”
6 – Braving the Wilderness | By Brene Brown
Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.” Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”
7 – Endurance | By Alfred Lansing
In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day’s sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic’s heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.
In Endurance, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton’s fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.
Quotes from Endurance;
“More than any other single impression in those final hours, all the men were struck, almost to the point of horror, by the way the ship behaved like a giant beast in its death agonies.”
“The basic egotism that gave rise to his enormous self-reliance occasionally blinded him to realities.”
“Though they had failed dismally even to come close to the expedition’s original objective, they knew now that somehow they had done much, much more than ever they set out to do.”
“The men had been forced to develop a degree of self-reliance greater than they had ever imagined possible.”
“Life was reckoned in periods of a few hours, or possibly only a few minutes – an endless succession of trials leading to deliverance from the particular hell of the moment.
8 – The Stuff | By Sampson Davis and Sharlee Jeter
In the face of impossible odds—maybe the devastating consequences of a personal loss, the pain of a collapsed career, the struggle against a powerful disease, or a destructive and toxic relationship—how do you keep going?
We may wonder if we have the strength to survive this ordeal before us. Dr. Sampson Davis and Sharlee Jeter want to prove that we do.
No strangers to adversity themselves, Dr. Sampson Davis and Sharlee Jeter created The Stuff Movement by interviewing dozens of survivors to discover how they triumphed over their challenges. These inspirational interviews reveal eleven core elements—founded on attributes we all possess—that empower us to not only survive through hardship but also thrive.
You already have the Stuff. Now learn to use it.
Quotes from The Stuff;
“Think of the stuff as true grit, resilience, an unshakable inner strength.”
“No one needs to be stuck in a defeated or less than fulfilling life.”
“Nobody needs to settle for less or accept defeat.”
“If you can re-evaluate a situation after experiencing trauma, look past the pain and find the positive elements of the experience, you are better positioned to grow from it.”
“Facing challenges won’t be easy. But the challenges in front of you now do not need to become your final destiny.”
9 – Micro-Resilience | By Bonnie St. John and Allen P. Haines
As leadership consultants and executive trainers, Bonnie St. John and Allen P. Haines have heard the same complaints from clients for years; periodic burnout, lack of focus, and low energy. So they dug into the latest research on neuroscience, psychology, and physiology looking for big answers. Instead, they found small answers; proof that small adjustments in daily routines, including thought patterns, food and drink, rest, and movement can fight the forces that sap our energy and store focus and drive. They call these amazing efficient restorative techniques “micro-resilience.” Thousands of men and women from all walks of life have already found effortless ways to incorporate these little changes into the busiest of schedules. Dozens of entertaining anecdotes from real people using micro-resilience demonstrate that when our brains fire faster, our energy increases and we can cope with almost any surprise, pressure, or crisis.
10 – Supernormal | By Meg Jay
Whether it is the loss of a parent to death or divorce; bullying; alcoholism or drug abuse in the home; mental illness in a parent or a sibling; neglect; emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; having a parent in jail, or growing up alongside domestic violence, nearly 75% of us experience adversity by the age of 20. But these experiences are often kept secret, as are our courageous battles to overcome them.
Drawing on nearly two decades of work with clients and students, Jay tells the tale of ordinary people made extraordinary by these all-too-common experiences, everyday superheroes who have made a life out of dodging bullets and leaping over obstacles, even as they hide in plain sight as doctors, artists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, parents, activists, teachers, students, and readers. She gives a voice to the supernormal among us as they reveal not only “How do they do it?” but also “How does it feel?”
These powerful stories, and those of public figures from Andre Agassi to Jay Z, will show supernormal they are not alone but are, in fact, in good company.
Marvelously researched and compassionately written, this exceptional book narrates the continuing saga that is resilience as it challenges us to consider whether — and how — the good wins out in the end.
Quotes from Supernormal;
“Many young people…grow up and do well in the world, not just in spite of the difficulties they have known, but maybe even because of them.”
“Many supernormal children stick around and comply with what the situation demands while, on the inside, they find ways to escape.”
“There may be no more dangerous judgment about childhood adversity than the notion that one is abnormal because of it.”
“Adversity does not have wholly negative effects…difficult experiences can also be pathways to compassion and competence.”
“Pain and struggle are almost always part of the untold story of adversity and resilience.”
“Childhood adversity is associated with one-third to one-half of all mental health disorders, with depression and anxiety being the most common.”
11 – Extreme You | By Sarah O’Hagan
As a child, Sarah Robb O’Hagan dreamed she could be a champion. Her early efforts failed to reveal a natural superstar, but she refused to settle for average. Through dramatic successes and epic fails, she studied how extraordinary people in sports, entertainment, and business set and achieve extremely personal goals. Sarah became an executive at Virgin Atlantic and Nike, and despite being fired twice in her twenties, she went on to become the global president of Gatorade and of Equinox—as well as a wife, mother, and endurance athlete.
In every challenging situation, personal or professional, individuals face the pressure to play it safe and conform to the accepted norms. But doing so comes with heavy costs: passions stifled, talents ignored, and opportunities squelched. The bolder choice is to embrace what Sarah calls Extreme You: to confidently bring all that is distinctive and relevant about yourself to everything you do.
Inspiring, surprising, and practical, Extreme You is her training program for becoming the best version of yourself.
12 – Mindset | By Carol Dweck
After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.
In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced the concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform their lives and your own.
Quotes from Mindset;
“The view that you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.”
“Mindsets frame the running account that’s taking place in people’s heads.”
“People in a growth mindset don’t just seek challenge, they thrive on it.”
“In the fixed mindset, the ideal is instant, perfect and perpetual compatibility.”
“In the fixed mindset, the loss of one’s self to failure can be a permanent, haunting trauma.”
“Telling children they’re smart, in the end, made them feel dumber and act dumber, but claim they were smarter.”
“The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset.”
13 – The Impossible Climb | By Mark Synnott
In Mark Synnott’s unique window on the ethos of climbing, his friend Alex Honnold’s astonishing free solo ascent of El Capitan’s 3,000 feet of sheer granite is the central act. When Honnold topped out at 9:28 A.M. on June 3, 2017, having spent fewer than four hours on his historic ascent, the world gave a collective gasp. The New York Times described it as “one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever.” Synnott’s personal history of his own obsession with climbing since he was a teenager—through professional climbing triumphs and defeats, and the dilemmas they render—makes this a deeply reported, enchanting revelation about living life to the fullest. What are we doing if not an impossible climb?
Synnott delves into a raggedy culture that emerged decades earlier during Yosemite’s Golden Age, when pioneering climbers like Royal Robbins and Warren Harding invented the sport that Honnold would turn on its ear. Painting an authentic, wry portrait of climbing history and profiling Yosemite heroes and the harlequin tribes of climbers known as the Stonemasters and the Stone Monkeys, Synnott weaves in his own experiences with poignant insight and wit: tensions burst on the mile-high northwest face of Pakistan’s Great Trango Tower; fellow climber Jimmy Chin miraculously persuades an official in the Borneo jungle to allow Honnold’s first foreign expedition, led by Synnott, to continue; armed bandits accost the same trio at the foot of a tower in the Chad desert . . .
The Impossible Climb is an emotional drama driven by people exploring the limits of human potential and seeking a perfect, choreographed dance with nature. Honnold dared far beyond the ordinary, beyond any climber in history. But this story of sublime heights is really about all of us. Who doesn’t need to face down fear and make the most of the time we have?
Quotes from The Impossible Climb;
“I can depart in peace, for I have here seen the power and glory of a Supreme being: the majesty of His handy-work is in that ‘Testimony of the Rocks’.” (author Lafayette Bunnell on seeing El Capitan, 1851)
“To put that much on the line, to work so hard for something that doesn’t have any quantifiable value, it’s just this wonderful, crazy, uniquely human thing.” (climber Peter Croft)
“Oh my god. You’re hiking barefoot. You’re so tough.” (A tourist on seeing Honnold atop Half Dome, not knowing he’d just completed a grueling free solo)
“An adrenaline bath might help you run faster than you ever have, but if you’re trying to find the precise body position to unlock an enigmatic sequence of climbing moves, it would be like using a chainsaw to perform surgery.”
“What it all came down to was that for Alex Honnold, a life lived less than fully is a fate worse than dying young.”
“I’ve actually spent more time climbing than driving. Imagine New York City cabbies and all the outrageous things they do. That’s kind of like me with my climbing.” (Honnold)
14 – The Beauty of Discomfort | By Amanda Lang
Truly successful people don’t merely tolerate discomfort—they embrace it and seek it out again and again. Business founders and university students, top athletes and couch potatoes, meditation gurus, and military leaders all have very different ways of coping with discomfort, but the most successful among them believe that withstanding discomfort is a skill that has helped them in hugely positive ways. Some were forced into discomfort through no choice of their own—a life-altering illness, a business fiasco—while others signed up for it because they had goals they were determined to achieve.
Some degree of discomfort is inherently good for you. It can spur you on, pushing you to test your own limits. Learning to tolerate, and then embrace, discomfort is the foundation for change, for individuals and businesses alike. Becoming comfortable with discomfort won’t just make us more resilient and more successful, however, we define success. It will also make us happier.
Quotes from The Beauty of Discomfort;
“Thinking of the pain as a work in progress, a means to an end – and, crucially, as something that will pass – also makes it more bearable.”
“Choosing to focus on the reasons you have to be grateful instead of the reasons you don’t not only improves your happiness quotient but also brings out the best in those around you.”
“Mentally tough people choose to bounce back, often using failure as motivation to become stronger and perform better.”
“Attending to and learning to tolerate discomfort lessens its power and increases the likelihood of positive change.”
“You don’t have to be 100 percent ready for every job before you take it. Being a little not-ready makes you stretch and grow and find your way into the role.”
“It’s harder to blame someone else (including your boss) for foul-ups when the buck stops with you.”
15 – Option B | By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.
Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart—and her journal—to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl’s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.
Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend replied, “Option A is not available,” and then promised to help her make the most of Option B.
We all live in some form of Option B. This book will help us all make the most of it.
16 – The Joy in Business | By Joy J. D. Baldridge
The Business of Joy provides you with an abundance of practical and immediately applicable life-changing ideas and inspirational, thought-provoking, and entertaining stories and quotes―in an instant. Each chapter is designed to be read and absorbed in approximately 60 seconds, offering you “Golden Nuggets” and “Joy Gems” that will help make positive, lasting change.
Inside, you get an abundance of time-tested formulas that can instantly be used to solve common and uncommon day-to-day issues. This, in and of itself, will help to better yourself today, with work and life moving at the lightning speed of thought.
- Find unique coping mechanisms when facing adversity
- Benefit from tangible, motivational, and self-management tools to forge ahead
- Keep perspective regardless of circumstance
- Build a sturdy foundation for positive culture and change
With the simple information in The Business of Joy, you’ll find all the guidance you need to find positivity in your daily life.
Quotes from The Joy in Business;
“Make the House of Glad your primary residence, the place to call home, the place to go back to regardless of circumstances.”
“When you handle adversity from a point of calm rationality, it makes for better outcomes.”
“Being positive and optimistic comes with a warning. If you are too happy all the time, people can’t take it! They’ll just want to slap you.” – Ken Baldridge, Baldridge Reading Inc.
“All is well, all is well, all is perfectly well and unfolding as it should.” – mantra by Advaita teacher Robert Adams
“When you find yourself stuck on a situation that you see no way out of, ask yourself, ‘What can I do?’”
17 – Grit | By Angela Duckworth
The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not a genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.
In Grit, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.
Quotes from Grit;
“Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.”
“as much as talent counts, effort counts twice.”
“It isn’t suffering that leads to hopelessness. It’s suffering you think you can’t control.”
“Yes, but the main thing is that greatness is doable. Greatness is many, many individual feats, and each of them is doable.”
“When you keep searching for ways to change your situation for the better, you stand a chance of finding them. When you stop searching, assuming they can’t be found, you guarantee they won”
“I learned a lesson I’d never forget. The lesson was that, when you have setbacks and failures, you can’t overreact to them.”
“It soon became clear that doing one thing better and better might be more satisfying than staying an amateur at many different things:”
“I won’t just have a job; I’ll have a calling. I’ll challenge myself every day. When I get knocked down, I’ll get back up. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I’ll strive to be the grittiest.”
“Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.”
18 – Resilient Leadership 2.0 | By Bob Duggan and Bridgette Theurer
As the world evolves and companies expand in both size and complexity, corporate leaders at all levels face growing challenges in how best to handle chaotic environments and uncertainty at work. Most leaders are trained to focus on the rational system, which involves such areas as growth targets, profits and losses, and strategic planning. What is often overlooked but still crucial to successful leadership is the emotional system: an instinctive pattern of actions, reactions, and interactions that help shape individuals, teams, and organizations.
Resilient leaders are able to remain calm, clearheaded, and principled in spite of increasing anxiety and escalating change. In this informative and innovative text, you’ll study the predictable but often unseen patterns that surface in every organization’s emotional system during times of uncertainty and change and learn how to navigate them effectively. Each chapter features three “Big Ideas” that introduce new dimensions of seeing, thinking, and leading along with suggested core practices for applying them.
You’ll discover how to embody a calm and stable leadership presence amid daily pressures, react boldly in response to resistance and risk, forge positive relationships among coworkers and direct reports, and acknowledge your personal strengths and weaknesses as a leader. To effect change, you must first become the leader employees wish to follow.
Quotes from Resilient Leadership 2.0;
“The 21st century truly is experiencing a paradigm shift in understanding and practicing the art of leadership.”
Current research on emotional intelligence has revealed how powerfully contagious emotions are – much more so than we previously realized.”
“Asking questions from a place of curiosity is a powerful way to lower anxiety and to bring greater thoughtfulness to a situation.”
“Self-awareness, self-definition and self-regulation must be top priorities for leaders.”
“The more individuals there are in an organization who learn about and practice resilient leadership, the quicker and better will the system reflect the qualities we associate with a resilient organization.”
19 – The Obstacle Is the Way | By Ryan Holiday
Its many fans include a former governor and movie star (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a hip hop icon (LL Cool J), an Irish tennis pro (James McGee), an NBC sportscaster (Michele Tafoya), and the coaches and players of winning teams like the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Cubs, and University of Texas men’s basketball team.
The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Ryan Holiday shows us how some of the most successful people in history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—have applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations. Their embrace of these principles ultimately mattered more than their natural intelligence, talents, or luck.
If you’re feeling frustrated, demoralized, or stuck in a rut, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages. And along the way, it will inspire you with dozens of true stories of the greats from every age and era.
Quotes from The Obstacle is the Way;
“All great victories, be they in politics, business, art or seduction, involved resolving vexing problems with…creativity, focus and daring.”
“Focus on what is in front of you, right now. Ignore what it ‘represents’ or it ‘means’ or ‘why it happened to you’.”
“Don’t let the force of an impression… knock you off your feet; just say to it: Hold on a moment; let me see who you are and what you represent. Let me put you to the test.” (Epictetus)
“Bad companies are destroyed by crisis. Good companies survive them. Great companies are improved by them.” (former Intel CEO Andy Grove)
“Nothing we’ll experience is likely without potential benefit.”
20 – The Courage Habit | By Kate Swoboda
Are your fears preventing you from living the life you truly want? Do you ever wish that you had a better job, lived in a different city, or had more authentic and nurturing relationships? Many people believe that they would do more, accomplish more, and feel more fulfilled if only they could rid themselves of that fearful inner voice that constantly whispers, “you can’t do it.”
In The Courage Habit, certified life coach Kate Swoboda offers a unique program based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you act courageously in spite of fear. By identifying your fear triggers, releasing yourself from your past experiences, and acting on what you truly value, you can make courage a daily habit.
Using a practical four-part program, you’ll learn to understand the emotions that arise when fears are triggered and to pause and evaluate your emotional state before you act. You’ll discover how to listen without attachment to the self-defeating messages of your inner critic, understand the critic’s function, and implement respectful boundaries so that your inner voice no longer controls your behavior. You’ll reframe self-limiting life narratives that can—without conscious awareness—dictate your day-to-day decisions. And finally, you’ll nurture more authentic connections with family, friends, and community in order to find support and reinforce the life changes you’re making.
If you feel like something is holding you back from landing your dream job, moving to a new city, having a satisfying love relationship, or simply taking advantage of all life has to offer—and if you have a sneaking suspicion that something is you—then this one-of-a-kind guide will show you how to finally break free from self-doubt and start living your best life.
Quotes from The Courage Habit;
“Our personal ambitions aren’t selfish…Our desires deserve to be a primary focus in our lives.”
“Knowing which fear routine you default to gives you the power to stop living on autopilot from a fear-based place, and to start untangling yourself from the overall ‘fear pattern’ of cue-routine-reward.”
“A body-based practice is to aid you in stopping the sensations of fear from getting you stuck.”
“Emotions are a package deal…if you try to shut down just your fear, you’re also clamping down on your capacity to feel joy.”
“In asking the right questions…an aspect of the self that might have long been dormant starts to emerge…your ‘most courageous self’.
“You can’t control what others think or say about the new direction that your life is going in, but you can make a conscious choice to stay aligned with [your] choices.”
21 – Emotional Habits | By Akash Karia
And more importantly, how can you harness this skill to achieve greater success, fulfillment, and well-being in your business and personal life?
New research reveals that resilience – more than IQ – is a key factor in determining your success and well-being, at work as well as in your relationships.
In fact, studies show that people with higher levels of resilience have higher productivity, better health, greater morale, higher job satisfaction, and lower stress.
DISCOVER 7 SCIENCE-BACKED TOOLS THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE WHEN IT COUNTS
In this book, you will discover the 7 things resilient people do differently…and how to apply them in your own life so that you can:
• Persevere through adversity.
• Quickly bounce back from disappointments.
• Break negative emotional patterns by taking control of your self-talk and inner movies.
• Instantly shift your emotional state using the power of physiology.
• Create greater drive and ambition by mastering the use of self-directed questions.
• Supercharge your energy levels at a moment’s notice.
• Experience even greater excitement, passion, happiness, and fulfillment in every area of your life.
Using the 7 habits of resilient people discussed in this book, you will be able to handle the vulnerabilities of intimate relationships, the risks and failures of business, and the ups and downs of life.
Quotes from Emotional Habits;
“Many experts believe that emotional resilience is the #1 key to success – not education and not conventional intelligence.”
“Suppressing thoughts and feelings can actually backfire.”
“We actually can choose how we feel, but we can’t do that until we stop letting others control us and accept responsibility for our own emotions.”
“While it is possible to use [the power of our beliefs] to our benefit, not all of our beliefs are productive. In fact, we each have certain beliefs that are quite disempowering.”
“People who are emotionally resilient…use this to their advantage by looking for the positive intention behind the negative emotion they’re feeling.”
“Much of your ability to control your emotions depends on your ability to be aware of all of the complex things going on inside your head.”
22 – The Upside of Stress | By Kelly McGonigal
You hear it all the time: stress causes heart disease; stress causes insomnia; stress is bad for you! But what if changing how you think about stress could make you happier, healthier, and better able to reach your goals? Combining exciting new research on resilience and mindset, Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., proves that undergoing stress is not bad for you; it is undergoing stress while believing that stress is bad for you that makes it harmful. In fact, stress has many benefits, from giving us greater focus and energy to strengthening our personal relationships.
McGonigal shows readers how to cultivate a mindset that embraces stress and activates the brain’s natural ability to learn from challenging experiences. Both practical and life-changing, The Upside of Stress is not a guide to getting rid of stress, but a toolkit for getting better at it—by understanding, accepting, and leveraging it to your advantage.
Quotes from The Upside of Stress;
“The latest science reveals that stress can make you smarter, stronger and more successful.”
“Many of the negative outcomes we associate with stress may actually be the consequence of trying to avoid it.”
“The best way to manage stress isn’t to reduce or avoid it, but rather to rethink and even embrace it.”
“Adopting a more positive view of stress reduces what we usually think of as stress-related problems and helps people thrive under high levels of stress.”
“Whatever the sensations of stress are, worry less about trying to make them go away, and focus more on what you are going to do with the energy, strength and drive that stress gives you.”
“Unlike what most people believe, there is no one uniform physical stress response that is triggered by all stressful situations.”
“Stress is what arises when something you care about is at stake.”
23 – Escape from Camp 14 | By Blaine Harden
North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. No one, that is, except Shin Dong-hyuk.
In Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state through the story of Shin’s shocking imprisonment and his astounding getaway. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence—he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his mother and brother.
The late “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il was recognized throughout the world, but his country remains sealed as his third son and chosen heir, Kim Jong Eun, consolidates power. Few foreigners are allowed in, and few North Koreans are able to leave. North Korea is hungry, bankrupt, and armed with nuclear weapons. It is also a human rights catastrophe. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people work as slaves in its political prison camps. These camps are clearly visible in satellite photographs, yet North Korea’s government denies they exist.
Harden’s harrowing narrative exposes this hidden dystopia, focusing on an extraordinary young man who came of age inside the highest security prison in the highest security state. Escape from Camp 14 offers an unequaled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations. It is a tale of endurance and courage, survival and hope.
Quotes from Escape from Camp 14;
“His mother beat him, and he viewed her as a competitor for food. His father…ignored him. His brother was a stranger.”
“Shin learned to survive by snitching on all of them.”
“A crowd had gathered at the empty wheat field…where Shin had witnessed two or three executions a year.
“I did not know about sympathy or sadness…They educated us from birth so that we were not capable of normal human emotions.” (Shin Dong-hyuk)
“Most prisoners [subsist] on a near-starvation diet of corn, cabbage and salt…They commonly work and sleep in filthy rags, living without soap, socks, gloves, underclothes or toilet paper.”
“It is the toughest of them all because of its particularly brutal working conditions.”
“Camp 14 holds an estimated 15,000 prisoners. About 30 miles long and 15 miles wide, it has farms, mines and factories threaded through steep mountain valleys.”
24 – Resilience | By Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy
Discover a powerful new lens for viewing the world with fascinating implications for our companies, economies, societies, and planet as a whole.
What causes one system to break down and another to rebound? Are we merely subject to the whim of forces beyond our control? Or, in the face of constant disruption, can we build better shock absorbers—for ourselves, our communities, our economies, and for the planet as a whole?
Reporting firsthand from the coral reefs of Palau to the back streets of Palestine, Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy relate breakthrough scientific discoveries, pioneering social and ecological innovations, and important new approaches to constructing a more resilient world. Zolli and Healy show how this new concept of resilience is a powerful lens through which we can assess major issues afresh: from business planning to social development, from urban planning to national energy security—circumstances that affect us all.
Provocative, optimistic, and eye-opening, Resilience sheds light on why some systems, people, and communities fall apart in the face of disruption and, ultimately, how they can learn to bounce back.
Quotes from Resilience;
“Ever since the age of Darwin, scientists had been puzzling over one seemingly simple but impenetrable question: If living things evolved through competition, how did cooperation ever evolve?”
“Resilience isn’t just found in systems we admire but sometimes in systems we loathe.”
“Social resources are the oil that greases the wheels of well-functioning social networks.”
“Translational leaders do not dispense with hierarchies; they recognize and respect their power.”
“From economics to ecosystems, virtually all resilient systems employ tight feedback mechanisms to determine when an abrupt change or critical threshold is nearing.”
“If we cannot control the volatile tides of change, we can learn to build better boats.”
“Resilience is often found in having just the right amounts of these properties – being connected, but not too connected; being diverse, but not too diverse; being able to couple with other systems when it helps, but also being able to decouple from them when it hurts.”
25 – The Positive Dog | By Jon Gordon
We all have two dogs inside of us. One dog is positive, happy, optimistic, and hopeful. The other dog is negative, mad, sad, pessimistic, and fearful. These two dogs often fight inside us, but guess who wins the fight? The one you feed the most. So begins the story about a negative mutt named Matt and a big dog named Bubba who teaches him how to feed himself with positivity each day and in the process, Matt transforms his own life and the shelter they call home.
The Positive Dog is an inspiring, heartwarming story that not only reveals the strategies and benefits of being positive but also an essential truth for humans: Being positive doesn’t just make you better. It makes everyone around you better.
Quotes from The Positive Dog;
“We all have two dogs inside of us. One dog is positive, happy, optimistic and hopeful. The other dog is negative, mad, sad, pessimistic and fearful.”
“Gratitude is like muscle. The more you do with it, the stronger it gets.”
“Gratitude is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.”
“When you are grateful for the gifts in your life, big and small, you always find more things to be grateful about.”
“Abundance flows into your life when gratitude flows out of your heart.”
“The more you feed the positive dog, the more it grows. The more you starve the negative dog, the more it shrinks and weakens.”
26 – Stronger | By George Everly Jr. Douglas Strouse and Dennis McCormack
How are first responders, surgeons, and members of the military able to perform remarkable feats in the face of intense stress? How can a professional athlete come through for his team in the bottom of the ninth when all the world is watching? The answer can be summed up in one word–resilience. Resilient people have learned to bounce back from setbacks and do not hesitate to meet adversity head-on. While others breathe huge sighs of relief when they get to avoid a pressure-filled moment, those strong in resilience live for moments like that and always rise to the occasion. Don’t think you have what it takes to excel in those moments? Do you believe that some naturally exude that type of inner strength, and some–such as yourself–just weren’t built that way? Think again! Recent studies have shown that the resilience we see so often in first responders, the military, and others is something that anyone can build within themselves. 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.
Discover within these pages 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 Today’s demanding world calls for a special kind of strength. That strength is within you already!
Quotes from Stronger;
“Opportunities in life seem to benefit those who act upon them more than those who merely recognize them.”
“The community culture of resilience is an environment where adaptability and resilience…are the core fabric of the culture itself.”
“The more successes you have, the better you’ll understand what it takes to be successful – which will generate more successes – and the more you will tend to expect success.”
“Being decisive is hard. That’s why it’s rare. But by being decisive you distinguish yourself from others, usually in a positive way.”
“Interpersonal connectedness protects against overall mortality, coronary heart disease, immune suppression and increased stress.”
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
“Psychological body armor is designed to protect us from potentially stifling and even disabling adversity.”
27 – Dealing with the Tough Stuff | By Darren Hill, Alison Hill, and Sean Richardson
A practical toolkit for handling workplace conflict and difficult conversations
Dealing with the Tough Stuff is the business leader’s critical guide to handling difficult conversations in the workplace. Based on the science of human behavior ― both verbal and nonverbal ― this book is packed full of practical and pragmatic strategies for managing conflict situations. You’ll learn a variety of diagnostics, models, and processes that you can start using today, and you’ll benefit from expert tips, tricks, and tools for leading important conversations with empathy and assertiveness. This updated second edition includes new material on key conversations with distance workers, as well as within the context of a fast-growth company, and a broad selection of real-world case studies from a diverse array of workplaces. Backed by contemporary psychological theory and time-tested amongst thousands of leaders, these highly relevant suggestions give you the power to deal with the tough stuff effectively and compassionately.
The human element plays a large part in the manager’s role, yet many lack the training needed to deal with people effectively. This book helps you understand what makes people tick, and helps you develop the human skills you need to manage.
- Achieve clarity and directness in your communications
- Deal with anger, stubbornness, and defensiveness
- Develop the skills to manage immediate crises
- Set priorities, and build a foundation of strong communication
Avoiding the tough stuff can be extremely costly for managers, staff, and the business as a whole. No one enjoys these conversations, but they are inevitable ― and the right set of skills goes a long way toward making them run smoothly, with greater results out the other side. Dealing with the Tough Stuff is your indispensable primer on human behavior, and effectively navigating tough conversations at work.
Quotes from Dealing With The Tough Stuff;
““Often, the qualities that we remember about great and effective managers are associated with their capacity to connect with others, to manage their own and others’ emotions, and to make decisions that are fair and consider the impact on others.”
“When people are acting stubbornly, they may not know how to express what they feel through language, so they refuse to budge.”
“Too often we feel like we have to add more to our message, idea or strategy so that it can be made clear to others…Stripping back your message to the core is more important.”
“When we are discouraged, we simply don’t do the things that make a difference, and failure becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
“Avoiding the tough conversations does not make the situation go away, and…avoidance can…mean that the situation becomes blown out of proportion.”
28 – Overcoming Mobbing | By Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry
Research shows that as many as 37% of American workers have experienced workplace abuse at some time in their working lives. Mobbing, a form of abuse in which individuals, groups, or organizations target a single person for ridicule, humiliation, and removal from the workplace, can lead to deteriorating physical and mental health, violence, and even suicide.
Overcoming Mobbing is an informative, comprehensive guidebook written for the victims of mobbing and their families. In an engaging and reader-friendly style, mobbing experts Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry help readers to make sense of the experience and mobilize resources for recovery. The authors distinguish mobbing from bullying-in that it takes place within organizational or institutional settings-and demonstrate how mobbing is not about the occasional negative experience at work; rather, mobbing involves ongoing negative acts, both overt and covert, that over time erode workers’ confidence in themselves and in their workplaces. Demystifying the experience of mobbing through the use of examples and case studies, Overcoming Mobbing provides effective strategies for recovery from mobbing as well as for prevention. More than a simple self-help book, this guide offers a detailed presentation of the causes and consequences of mobbing, helps readers avoid falling into the trap of misplacing blame, and holds organizations at the center of responsibility for preventing this devastating type of abuse. In addition to those who have experienced mobbing, this book is an invaluable resource for workplace managers and human resources personnel who wish to prevent or reverse mobbing within their own professional settings.
Quotes from Overcoming Mobbing;
“Mobbing victims are scapegoats for larger organizational problems and conflict, the consequences of which are then blamed on the mobbing victim.”
“Materials in personnel files, if damaging, have the potential to ruin a person’s career and to undermine his or her ability to make a living in the future.”
“A particular organization can be mobbing prone or mobbing resistant, or somewhere in between.”
“Context always determines who is an insider and who is an outsider.”
“Research suggests that individuals who are socially excluded or ostracized act more aggressively and participate less in behavior directed at caring about and helping others.”
“The same person who found it easy to trust and rely on others before being mobbed in the workplace becomes suspicious, mistrustful and always on guard afterward.”
29 – Shackleton’s Way | By Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparell
Lead your business to survival and success by following the example of legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton
Sir Ernest Shackleton has been called “the greatest leader that ever came on God’s earth, bar none” for saving the lives of the twenty-seven men stranded with him in the Antarctic for almost two years. Because of his courageous actions, he remains to this day a model for great leadership and masterful crisis management. Now, through anecdotes, the diaries of the men in his crew, and Shackleton’s own writing, Shackleton’s leadership style, and time-honored principles are translated for the modern business world. Written by two veteran business observers and illustrated with ship photographer Frank Hurley’s masterpieces and other rarely seen photos, this practical book helps today’s leaders follow Shackleton’s triumphant example.
Quotes from Shackleton’s Way;
“Leadership is more than just reaching a goal. It is about spurring others to achieve big things, and giving them the tools and confidence to continue achieving.”
“Shackleton’s strategy is the antithesis of the old command-and-control models. His brand of leadership instead values flexibility, teamwork and individual triumph.”
“He could afford to hire on the basis of personality and character because he knew he could get above-average performances out of even the most average of men.”
“Shackleton avoided public fights, engaging always in respectful competition with rivals.”
“Shackleton led by example. He never asked anyone to do work he wouldn’t do himself.”
“Shackleton served tea in bed to the ship’s crybaby, flattered the egomaniacs and kept close to him the most abrasive personalities.”
30 – The Lost Men | By Kelly Tyler-Lewis
The untold story of the last odyssey of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration
Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Antarctic endeavor is a legend, but for sheer heroism and tragic nobility, nothing compares to the saga of the Ross Sea party. This crew of explorers landed on the opposite side of Antarctica from the Endurance with a mission to build supply depots for Shackleton’s planned crossing of the continent. But their ship disappeared in a gale, leaving ten inexperienced, ill-equipped men to trek 1,356 miles in the harshest environment on earth. Drawing on the men’s own journals and photographs, The Lost Men is a masterpiece of historical adventure, a book destined to be a classic in the vein of Into Thin Air.
Quotes from The Lost Men;
“When a seal’s throat was cut, they were sprayed with blood from the flailing creature. Handling the blubber from the carcasses mired them in oily gore.”
“As the ice clamped the ship in its crushing grip, stretching the cables taut, the massive timbers of the vessel flexed and groaned.”
“As they drew closer to the mountains, colossal slabs of ice heaved skyward in fantastic shapes, separated by deep gashes in the surface, some narrow fissures, others broad chasms.”
“The winter darkness and blizzards meant that the crew was largely confined to the ship, and 18 men, cooped up in close quarters indefinitely, had the makings of a powder keg.”
“As the weather worsened and trapped them inside their hut, the men withdrew into cliques. The isolation and conditions amplified irritations.”
“The ship represented safe haven, a beachhead of civilization and security in a hostile land.”
31 – Leading at the Edge | By Dennis Perkins, Margaret Holtman, Paul Kessler, and Catherine McCarthy
Drawing on the amazing story of a polar exploration team’s survival against all odds, author Dennis N. T. Perkins demonstrates the importance of a strong leader in times of adversity, uncertainty, and change. Part adventure tale and part leadership guide, Leading at the Edge uncover what the legendary Antarctic adventure of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team of twenty-seven polar explorers can teach us about bringing order to chaos through true leadership. Among other skills, you’ll learn how to instill optimism while staying grounded in reality, step up to risks worth taking, consistently reinforce your team message, set a personal example, find things to celebrate, laugh small things off, and–even in the face of extreme temperatures, hazardous ice, dwindling food, and complete isolation–never give up. The book’s second edition features additional lessons, new case studies of the strategies in action, tools to uncover and resolve conflicts, and expanded resources. An updated epilogue compares the leadership styles of the famous polar explorers Shackleton, Amundsen, and Scott, which transcend the one-hundred-plus years since their historic race to the South Pole to help today’s leaders learn valuable lessons about the meaning of true success.
Quotes from Leading at the Edge;
“Never lose sight of the ultimate goal, and focus energy on short-term objectives.”
“Set a personal example with visible, memorable symbols and behaviors.”
“Never give up – there’s always another move.”
“It is one thing to tell people that a task needs to be done, and it is another to dramatize the challenge with visible, memorable symbols and behaviors. Whatever the symbol, it needs to be vivid and memorable.”
“Winning leaders cultivate the ability to monitor the condition of each person on the team and to sense when individuals are becoming overwhelmed. They need to direct negative energy toward activities that divert people’s attention from their problems and harness this energy for positive results.”
“As a leader, you need to be willing to shift both long- and short-term goals without clinging to the past.”
“When leaders move into unexplored terrain, ambiguity and uncertainty are inevitable. Establishing critical organizational structures – a matter-of-fact groove – can give people the sense of order they need to be productive.”
Final Thoughts on the Best Books on Resilience
Resilience is about people who are open to overcoming their failures, obstacles, and difficulties. Whether you decide to develop a mindset that does not build a resilient mind or a resilient mind. The choice essentially is yours. These books on resilience are thought-provoking insights that adjust your mindset to become more resilient.
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