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In 1848, at age 13, Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie worked 12 hours a day, six days a week in a Pittsburgh textile mill. He earned $1.20 per week. Years later, as a self-made industrialist, Carnegie’s company built two blast furnaces during a period of general financial calamity and industrial collapse. Steel was selling for less than one cent per pound, but Carnegie forged ahead. He had overcome desperate poverty to become the world’s richest man. He exemplified resilience. Stress management expert George S. Everly Jr., consultant Douglas A. Strouse and an original US Navy SEAL, Dennis K. McCormack, all PhDs, discuss how resilience separates winners from everyone else. They catalog the five primary attributes of resiliency – “active optimism, decisive action, moral compass, relentless tenacity and interpersonal support” – and explain how you can develop these traits. And they present new and existing research, clinical observations, and interviews with heroically resilient people. getAbstract recommends the authors’ inspirational message to those who want to reduce their stress and build their satisfaction with life by increasing their resilience.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why resiliency is vital to a happy and successful life,
  • What five attributes constitute resiliency, and
  • How to develop these traits.

About the Authors

George Everly Jr., PhD, is a founding father of modern stress management. Douglas A. Strouse, PhD, is the managing partner of Wexley Consulting HRD, LLC. Dennis K. McCormack, PhD, was one of the first Navy SEALs.



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