You cannot bounce back from hardship. You can only move through it. There is a path through pain to wisdom, through suffering to strength, and through fear to courage if we have the virtue of resilience.
In 2012, Eric Greitens unexpectedly heard from a former SEAL comrade, a brother-in-arms he hadn’t seen in a decade. Zach Walker had been one of the toughest of the tough. But ever since he returned home from war to his young family in a small logging town, he’d been struggling. Without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking, he needed help. Zach and Eric started writing and talking nearly every day, as Eric set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives.
Eric s letters drawing on both his own experience and wisdom from ancient and modern thinkers are now gathered and edited into this timeless guidebook. Resilience explains how we can build purpose, confront pain, practice compassion, develop a vocation, find a mentor, create happiness, and much more. Eric s lessons are deep yet practical, and his advice leads to clear solutions.
We all face pain, difficulty, and doubt. But we also have the tools to take control of our lives. Resilience is an inspiring meditation for the warrior in each of us.
©2015 Eric Greitens (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
thoughtful, challenging, inspiring
This is a fantastic book that takes a level of commitment. It doesn't have any snappy by lines (think "just do it") but it does make you reflect on your who you are and how you've conduct yourself. It isn't preachy but does shoot straight. I liked it so much I bought the hard copy so I can go back and make notes. The best 'self help' book I've ever come across.
Thank you Eric for your thought and advice to your fellow man.
The information in this book will help any man who, by his own thought and actions, is not being his best self.
I found myself completely absorbed in the letters from Eric to his old SEAL buddy.
The use of analogy works very well as they are drawn from ancient through to modern day heroes.
Anyone who feels lost in the world and has become tired of the challenges in everyday difficulties of life should list to this audible book.
Thanks Eric for sharing your letters in this fantastic audio book.
"A book to read and read again"
At a point of great change in my life, I found the down to earth and practical philosophies a terrific help in facing my fears and converting that energy into the courage to move forward into the next phase of my life. I was having so much trouble adjusting to being responsible for only myself (my adults son and his girlfriend moving half way around the world). I couldn't get past thinking of myself as selfish-- not a virtue in my world. I wasn't sure what to do with my time or energy. This book helped me sort things out and make a new path so I can move forward with confidence. I want to start it over and take some notes. I listened to most of it while on the tractor or mower. Thanks for all the references to philosophers and the clear points on each topic.
I kept telling myself through the whole book, "I am going to listen to this over and over." So many insightful perspectives I could relate with. A modern philosopher, leader and warrior, Mr. Greitens put many of life's lessons from which he has learned through his own journey and explains them in such a relatable way you feel like he's sometimes talking right to you. He starts off by saying to find how his letters can have meaning and relate to you and I found that to be easy to do. Well read and narrated by Eric himself.
"It really brought me much need focus."
If I had to choose only one I would choose Resilence and I listen to many audio books.
That I need to listen to it from time to time.
This is a very important work. Greitens brings solid advice that is available from many sources but in the best way I have ever seen it presented. It is beyond relevant.
"I've Listened to it Twice in Two Weeks!"
I really enjoyed the simple and familiar style of writing in this book- it makes it very easy to listen to and to follow. That being said I think that this book is easier for me to understand because I already have Greiten's "the Heart and the Fist" in my Audible library. I would recommend listening to that first.
Books that are read by the author are my favorite. I think that Greitens' performance adds to the authenticity of this audiobook because it sounds less like he is reading a book and more like he is telling you a story.
"Great book, good stories and applicable content"
No, I might consider a print version to be better as this is a book I can see wanting to reference again and again to ingrain some of the ideas I found most valuable. Also, not to be too nit-picky but at times the narrator's tone fluctuates like Barney from the Simpsons and made me laugh, distracting me from content.
I like the mix of stories be it about SEAL training and combat combined with the practical knowledge to take away and incorporate. Its a self-help book with cool stories.
"Always a good story teller"
I have so far very much enjoyed Mr. Greiten's writing. Highly recommend.
As a OEF veteran, I see the value in these books.
I would recommend listening to The Heart and the Fist first for a frame of reference. Great end is uniquely suited to write this book. He is able to utilize his significant intellect (Rhodes Scholar) to draw on timeless wisdom and synthesize his experiences as a Navy SEAL and also his time doing humanitarian work around the world into the ultimate SELF help book.
I don't think I would have had as powerful an experience listening to this if I had not listened to The Heart and the Fist first. Would definitely recommend both books.
"Very insightful book"
This was a very interesting book. I loved the way he referred current content with historical things. I would recommend this book for everyone teens and up!! I will listen and read this book again for sure. Very relatable to life, and applicable as well!!!
"Marcus Aurelius would love this book!"
I've literally read hundreds of books and I could not recommend this any higher. I personally have purchased and given away at least 16 copies of this book...next order I may go bulk, because each time I reread and revisit...it gets better and better.
"Greats lessons of life"
I finished this book is N just a few days, and I'll usually read or listen to books over the course of several weeks. Resilience is the one thing lacking in my life, and Eric just have me the tools and understanding how I should stand strong in myself and appreciate the time I do have, while I still can.
Thank you Eric!
"Does what it says on the tin!"
An excellent resource to help bolster your inner strength reserves against life's known and unknown adversity's. Lots of philosophical references which initially wasn't that easy to absorb but Eric's blending of his Navy Seal experiences and practical life experiences gave me a new found appreciation of past life masters. Thank you Eric, I am a better husband and father because of your book.
Already on my third listen. I keep finding aspects I'd missed before. The author has a great voice and this adds to the overall impact. I suspect everybody who listens will get something out that they can use of share with someone they know. We all need to be a little more resilient at times and the blend of philosophy with real world practical experiences is just right. There are no affirmations or exercises yet it has had more impact than most of the self-help books I've ever read.
He has lived an interesting and engaged life and he talks matter of factly about a range of experiences from early childhood, education, his forces career and beyond. There is no embellishment or gung-ho attitude. He is a confident speaker and knowing the subject he places the right emphasis where its needed. Its an easy listen and flows nicely. The format is novel and works extremely well as an exchange of letters between two friends.
Its in my top 3 books and I read or listen to around 60 books a year. Highly recommended.
Amazing book full of wisdom, it is the best book I have listened to so far this year.
"excellent book delivering practical wisdom"
I was worried that this would be full of gung-ho seal stories. thankfully it isn't. instead it's full of timeless practical wisdom occasionally supported by military reminiscences. it is really well read by the author who brings the content to life. I intend to listen to it again very soon.
"A wealth of timeless wisdom"
This is one of those books you could read/listen to again and again. An enormous amount of philosophy falls out of it and I commend it to anyone whether they consider themselves to need more resilience or not.
"This book is absolutely rammed fun of philosophy.."
..mythology, psychology, history, and real life.
The format is one ex-special forces soldier writing letters to one of his soldier friends who is struggling to fit back into the real world. Personally, I do not buy that the author genuinely wrote these letters to his friend as the content is way to detailed and well written. That said, the format should not negatively affect your enjoyment of the book.
Thinking about it, this would make an excellent book club read. Perhaps a chapter a week could be read, digested, then discussed with others. Like I said, there is just so much content that the numerous gems in the book can be missed.
Not to overdramatise it… (he says, about to overdramatise it) but this book could be the cornerstone of a personal philosophy of life. I feel like a need a series of worksheets to refer to, to be able to implement the teachings into my life (I did warn you).
OK, gush over. This is a great read. I will read this again.
"Packed with wisdom "
Great book. It's like a 21st century guide on philosophy. Not only is it entertaining but has lessons to help anyone overcome obstacles and live a better and more fulfilled life.
"Life is supposed to be challenging."
I liked the narrator's voice.
Virtually nothing is said about war. It is all about surviving in real life.
Real life is a big challenge and we need these resilience lessons if we are to do well.
It focuses a lot on letters trying to encourage and help with the mental recovery of a veteran after war and alcoholism.
They are lessons that we can all benefit from.
Life is a challenge. We need to know that in advance and learn resilience.
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