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The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles Into Everyday Greatness [Paperback]

Stephen R. Covey , Paul G., PhD Stoltz , Erik Weihenmayer
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  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside Books; Reprint edition (10 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439199493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439199497
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 21.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Paul G. Stoltz is the world's leading expert on measuring and strengthening human resilience. He is author of four international bestselling books on the subject -- printed in 14 languages -- and was voted by Executive Excellence as "One of the 100 Most Influential Thinkers of Our Time." Dr. Stoltz is a guest lecturer for the Harvard Business School Executive Education program. HBS incorporates Dr. Stoltz's AQ theory and methods into its prestigious executive development and MBA programs. The Harvard Business Review featured an article (January-February 2010) co-authored by Dr. Paul G. Stoltz and Dr.Joshua Margolis (Harvard Business School professor), titled "How to Bounce Back from Adversity."

Today, AQ is the most widely adopted resilience building method in the world, currently in use by industry-leading companies and many governments across the globe. In 1987, Dr. Stoltz founded PEAK Learning, Inc., a global research and consulting firm,through which he coaches, consults, teaches, and collaborates with top leaders, thinkers, and influencers within a broad range of organizations from start-ups and NGO's to the Young Presidents' Organization and the Fortune 100 on six continents.

As a highly sought-after thought leader, presenter, and teacher, Dr. Stoltz combines inspiration with application, delivering a compelling and practical message to audiences of 10 to 10,000 people. As PEAK's global reach grows, Dr. Stoltz remains highly active in the classroom, teaching AQ to groups of all levels and sizes in a broad range of indoor and outdoor settings, including some of the largest venues in the world.

As Director of the Global Resilience Institute, Dr. Stoltz oversees a research agenda in 21 countries dedicated to exploring, expanding, and advancing the applications of AQ to strengthen people and their organizations. His research partners include top thinkers at Yale University, Stanford University, and more than a dozen universities overseas.

He has been a member of Stanford University's Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series, was selected as the Millennial Thinker for Singapore, "Thought Leader of the Year" in Hong Kong, is a top-rated international faculty member for the Young Presidents' Organization, and is a frequently sought after resource for the world's top media including CNN, CNBC, Business News Network, NBC Nightly News, Public Broadcast Service (PBS), the Today Show, Sky News, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. You will also find Dr. Stoltz quoted in Wall Street Journal, Harvard Management Update, Investor's Business Daily, Asia 21, Inc., Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Singapore Straits Times, The Australian Financial Review, Success Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Boss Magazine, The Drucker Foundation's prestigious Leader to Leader and other publications.

Dr. Stoltz received his bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication and Economics from the University of California, as well as his business and social sciences interdisciplinary master's and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

PEAK Learning's international headquarters is situated in the coastal mountains of San Luis Obispo, California, where Dr. Stoltz resides with his family, who were honored by USA Today as "America's Most Creative Family."

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The author and a blind mountaineer, famed for his record-breaking ascents of the world's highest peaks, reveal an inspirational seven-step plan for harnessing the power of everyday adversity to advance one's career. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Ludwig van Beethoven went deaf in his mid-20s, but still created sublime music. Albert Einstein's childhood teachers felt he had no academic potential, but he achieved works of genius. What if these brilliant individuals had quit pursuing their dreams, as they easily could have? Erik Weihenmayer became blind at 13, yet he is an accomplished mountain, ice and rock climber, and an expert skier, skydiver, long-distance biker and marathon competitor. Like Beethoven and Einstein, he had a real reason to quit pursuing hard goals. Instead, he decided to climb as high as he could, literally. Weihenmayer and leadership expert Paul G. Stoltz, his co-author, offer a gripping story about turning adversity to your advantage. They explain how to use misfortune to strengthen your character and realize your goals, no matter how difficult. Weihenmayer's first-person inserts and narratives about people who conquered trouble are particularly compelling. getAbstract highly recommends this inspiring celebration of indomitable spirit. It teaches a profound lesson about how bravely facing hardship can enrich your life.
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First off - this is credited on this site to Stephen R. Covey. That annoys me intensely. It wasn't written by him. All he did was write a foreword which pales into absolute insignificance compared to what the two authors underwent which is alluded to in this book. Eric is the first person to climb Everest blind. Blind! Added to this he inspired an entire team to follow and support him through nothing more than his belief that he could do it. It was a mutual support endeavour which has and should inspire others to over come their perceived adversity. The guys were indomitable in the face of the Death Zone (anywhere 8,000 meters above sea level where the body cannot get enough oxygen to survive). I cannot conceive of crossing the road with my eyes closed let alone climbing a mountain that has claimed hundreds of lives while not being able to see my next footfall. That's what I call trusting, and most of all, inspiring trust. This is a testimony to those who, in the face of adversity, just get the hell on with it anyway. I unreservedly admire them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK TO JUMP-START YOUR LIFE 9 Jan 2007
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The Adversity Advantage taught me how to take life's challenges and uncertainties and use them to fuel a more purpose-driven life. Erik W. shares incredible adventures from his 7 summits climbs that leave you wanting more. I especially enjoyed the chapter about Erik's descent from 18,501 foot Mt. Elbrus on skis! Paul S. reveals events where corporations have had incredible adversity dumped on them, and by implementing Paul's methods they came out of the adversity in a much greater place than where they had been when the adversity struck. If there is one book to read that will teach you how to succeed in life... this is it.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adversity Challenge #1: Getting Through this Book! 6 Jun 2007
By Kevin Quinley - Published on Amazon.com
This is a decent stab at exercises to help you bounce back from adversity and develop reservoirs of resiliency and toughness. On the other hand, it switches from one author to another and is laden with acronyms and homespun wisdom. The chapter on "Suffering Well" was probably worth the price of admission, but for some reason the book just never was able to engage me.

Just gritting my teeth to the end to finish reading it was my own personal adversity quest, which is not a high compliment to pay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, revealing, self-motivating... 10 Jan 2007
By William K. D'Amico - Published on Amazon.com
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Adversity Advantage because it drove me to re-examine how I react and respond to adversity in my own life. It taught me some new techniques for dealing with the obstacles I face every day. It's well written, balanced, and doesn't try to beat you over the head with theoretical jargon like many other books. Instead, it provides practical insight that everyone can understand and assimilate. Great job Mssrs. Stoltz and Weihenmayer !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyday Greatness 17 Jan 2007
By W. Barkeley - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a powerful testimony to the human aspiration to stretch, grow and have meaning. The combination of real life stories and the body of research tells readers that they too can define their everyday greatness. It is not something that is bought, bestowed, borrowed or created...it comes from within. If you are looking for a recipe for the perfect life without having to do work read something else. If you are looking to set higher standards for yourself, your family and the world around you then this book will leave you laughing, crying and enthused to take on the next challenge!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Masterpiece! Learn How To Transform Hardships In Life Into Success. 21 Mar 2013
By Brian D - Published on Amazon.com
The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everday Struggles into Everyday Greatness was an excellent nonfiction book to read. There are two writers for the content of this book. Erik Weihenmayer (author) the most prolific blind athlete in world history. Erik (author) has summited everyone of the highest mountain peaks in the world, completed in the top-tier of finishers in the most grueling, long distance marathon type events, one of his many accomplishments was hiking to the top of Mount Everest. Erik (author) writes a chapter and/or content on how to overcome obstacles, achieve any goal, then it rotates. The other author is Paul Stoltz the CEO of Peak Learning, he provides excellent business management insight into the topic of success. Paul (author) has been active in achieving optimal business success within global commerce, for most of his adult life.

Easy to read, adversity and/or how to overcome adversity is the main topic of this amazing nonficiton book. Every individual does in fact face a lot of adversity on some level within daily life! Yet, merely enduring that preconceived misery or turning that into your advantage is a choice that we must all make. Both authors do in fact show how to overcome any obstacle, disadvantage, adversity within your daily life, and use it to your advantage! Illustrating how too turn that adversity into success, achievement and/or winning. Weihenmayer and Stoltz (authors) main point of emphasis is that anyone and/or any group can use adversity to power them to ultimate success. This book will show the reader how that is done! Principles taught to the reader include the following: Leave the past behind and focus on a more efficient future. Also, how to realize your own coherent goal(s) in life, and/or how to get them accomplished. Learned, how to follow your dream(s), build a solid foundation structure to achieve them. How to face a fear, outside of your comfort zone with confidence. Reach optimal performance, exerting more effort and/or recieve more positive results. How to believe and/or achieve with more courage, positive results, and make your wish a reality.

An exceptional nonfiction book: The Adversity Advantage, is a great mixture of Stoltz's proven leadership techniques and groudbreaking research within the topic of achieving success in face of adversity, with Erik Weihenmayer real world - hands on stories of success in the face of misery, obstacles, disadvantages and how he was able to use them to to his advantage and/or turn them into success, achievement in spit of adversity.

These two successful men are absolute experts on the field of overcoming adversity, and have produced an excellenct nonfiction book. Easy to read, very applicable tools to use in everday life when searching for success in spite of facing adversity. Use adversity to your advantage, transform your life for the better with this book. Great for anyone, highly recommended. Excellent nonfiction book. Inspiring, motivating, superb, excellent content, very applicable to everday life when searching for tools for success in spite of adversity. Both authors are super-achievers in every area of their life, they reveal to the reader how they too can become more efficient in life. Secrets revealed in regard to overcoming adversity, making dreams come true, accomplishing any goal in life. A must buy for anyone interested in the subject of self-help.
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