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  • Concrete Examples
  • Inspiring
  • Innovative


In this thoughtful collection of case studies, Amanda Lang, author of The Power of Why, presents personal development concepts that she illustrates with concrete business examples. She assures readers that change can be positive, even though determining how to change is difficult. Lang demonstrates her theory-in-action with fascinating stories of athletes, military leaders, and long-term and novice executives. Each engaging mini-bio provides glimpses into the lives of fascinating people who accepted discomfort in order to thrive. The stories deliver Lang’s motivational self-help messages.

About the Author

Amanda Lang, a Bloomberg North producer, anchor for Bloomberg TV Canada and CBC senior business correspondent, also wrote The Power of Why.


Successful people demonstrate “comfort with discomfort.”

Given Lang's experience as a Bloomberg North producer, anchor for Bloomberg TV Canada and CBC senior business correspondent, she knows that for many people in many circumstances, change is uncomfortable. Whether you’re starting a diet, modifying a departmental policy, getting a divorce or launching a new business, the process you face can be unpleasant. Lang explains that the way you tolerate and embrace change may play a pivotal role in your success. Some creative and successful people don’t merely endure change; they seek it out over and over, demonstrating a comfort with discomfort. These innovators, as she describes them, transform discomfort from a threat to a sign of better times ahead. The results: resiliency, success and happiness.

Accepting discomfort is easier if you find a valuable meaning behind it.

Lang finds that the ability to adapt to new processes, circumstances or ways of thinking is fundamental to your success. She urges you to accept change by finding a valuable meaning behind it. Change your mind-set or attitude, and think through your actions. Lang recommends reframing your sense of discomfort, shutting out negative thoughts, inventing a sense of perceived control, reinventing yourself or revamping your thinking. To change something big like a business, you have to change your personal relationship with discomfort. She explains, “The problem isn’t discomfort with challenge and change, but how we respond to and manage – or don’t manage – it.”

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