The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness
Erik Weihenmayer and Paul Stoltz
Foreword by Stephen R. Covey
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Adversity is one of the most potent forces in life. It shapes your character, clarifies your priorities, and defines your path. It can also fuel your greatness. Each of us faces a rich assortment of adversities every day, ranging from minor hassles to major setbacks and challenges, even tragedies. But merely coping with or overcoming adversity barely keeps you in the game. The key to success, both in business and in life, is learning how to become an alchemist and convert any adversity, major or minor, into a genuine advantage. The Adversity Advantage offers proven principles and practical tools that teach you how to use adversity as a force for superior achievement, resilience, agility, innovation, energy, and happiness.
Stoltz and Weihenmayer posit that any individual or enterprise can use adversity to power their ultimate success. Stoltz has spent decades decoding the human relationship with adversity and is the creator of the globally acclaimed Adversity Quotient®. His AQ® theory -- the most widely used method in the world for measuring and strengthening how we deal with adversity -- forms the foundation of this book. Weihenmayer is the exemplar of Stoltz's work and the seven principles taught in this book. He has triumphed over and gleaned tremendous advantage from seemingly insurmountable adversities, becoming the only blind man in history to reach the Seven Summits, the tallest peak on every continent, including Everest. These two adversity experts have married their dream-team combination of practical science and unmatched experience to develop seven guiding principles to teach you how to transform adversity into your most powerful advantage.
The Adversity Advantage blends Stoltz's proven leadership techniques and groundbreaking research with Erik's soul-stirring real-world anecdotes and wisdom. It will rewire your core response mechanisms to react optimally to anything that happens, the moment it strikes. You will move past avoiding or simply coping with adversity to harness its true power. Learn to pinpoint and grow your adversity strengths to bring out your best when you need it most, under pressure. Use adversity to pioneer new possibilities in your work and life.
"This book confirms what I have learned in my many years of public service -- that adversity is never- ending, but our choice is whether to wilt in its face or use it to our advantage."
—Connie Mack, United States senator, Florida, retired
"The Adversity Advantage makes a convincing argument that true accomplishment, even true greatness, comes not in spite of adversity, but because of it. Adversity is the pathway."
—Ed Haldeman, chief executive officer, Putnam Investments
"Today's military is facing an entirely new brand of adversity; how we react will determine whether we win or lose. I view this book as a strategic weapon in our arsenal and recommend it for anyone who wants to harness life's tough stuff and deliver everyday greatness."
—Major General Paul W. "Bill" Essex, commander, Army and Air Force Exchange Service
"In The Adversity Advantage, Erik and Paul teach us how to meet adversity head-on to reach new heights. This book lays out a straightforward approach to taking advantage of business or personal challenges to 'achieve greatness every day.'"
—Al Kelly, group president, American Express
"Every now and then a book comes along that can be used to shape a leader, one's life, and the entire culture of an organization. The Adversity Advantage is just such a book. Done right, these teachings are the true key to greatness."
—John Suranyi, president, sales and service, DIRECTV, Inc.
"This message has made a huge impact on our clients and senior management. The Adversity Advantage combines Erik's captivating insights in dealing with his adversities with Paul's landmark research and ability to put it into practice."
—Gregory J. Fleming, president, Global Markets & Investment Banking, Merrill Lynch
"...the very process of studying this book led me to look carefully at myself with an awareness of how the challenges of my life can be the fuel that will enable me to swim against the stream, against cultural currents, against all forms of adversity inherent in my most important goals."
—From the Foreword by Stephen R. Covey, Ph.D., author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
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About the Authors
Erik Weihenmayer is the world's leading blind athlete and the only blind person in history to reach the Seven Summits, including Everest. Erik inspires millions of people each year through his climbing expeditions, nonprofit outreach, and keynote presentations. He is author of Touch the Top of the World, which was made into a TV movie, and subject of the award-winning documentary Farther Than the Eye Can See. Erik has been featured on the cover of Time and lives with his family in Golden, Colorado.
Paul G. Stoltz, Ph.D., founded and has been the CEO of PEAK Learning since 1987, a global research and consulting firm, and the director of the Global Resilience Project, working with top leaders and organizations worldwide. The originator of the globally acclaimed AQ (Adversity Quotient) method and author of the international bestsellers The Adversity Quotient and Adversity Quotient at Work, he resides with his family in San Luis Obispo, California.
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