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5.0 out of 5 stars Firsthand report of how adversity strengthens character, 1 Dec. 2010
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book to understand a personal perspective about overcomming disadvantage, 12 Aug. 2010
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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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