You cannot bounce back from hardship. You can only move through it. There is a path through pain to wisdom, through suffering to strength, and through fear to courage if we have the virtue of resilience.
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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Already on my third listen. I keep finding aspects I'd missed before. The author has a great voice and this adds to the overall impact. I suspect everybody who listens will get something out that they can use of share with someone they know. We all need to be a little more resilient at times and the blend of philosophy with real world practical experiences is just right. There are no affirmations or exercises yet it has had more impact than most of the self-help books I've ever read.
He has lived an interesting and engaged life and he talks matter of factly about a range of experiences from early childhood, education, his forces career and beyond. There is no embellishment or gung-ho attitude. He is a confident speaker and knowing the subject he places the right emphasis where its needed. Its an easy listen and flows nicely. The format is novel and works extremely well as an exchange of letters between two friends.
Its in my top 3 books and I read or listen to around 60 books a year. Highly recommended.
- Andrew Ramwell
excellent book delivering practical wisdom
- Steve S