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Publisher's Summary

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

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A excellent self awareness book

I really enjoyed this book and strongly believe that any person struggling with finding answers should read.

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This guy is the Real Deal!

Really interesting way to write a book. With what and who he writes about, you know that Eric is a real pupil of his art.
For those who aren't military minded, don't worry as it isn't all macho and hero stuff, it's actually really beautiful.
Well read, really easy to listen too with lots of great actionable stuff. So much so that I listened to it twice straight out and will listen to annually now if not more.
Thanks G!

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Brilliant

Brilliantly read hard to put down story that inspires and motivates you to be a better version of yourself each and every day

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Awesome - in an unorthodox delivery

There's some great philosophy quotes, great general advice we always seem to forget and an abundance of love in this book. I'll definitely listen again!

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Outstanding real life guide

If you could sum up Resilience in three words, what would they be?

thoughtful, challenging, inspiring

Any additional comments?

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.

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Unique and refreshing approach to self help

Excellent book. Not what I was expecting. A bit like a modern day Zig Zigglar. This is one I'll listen to again.

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Eric was the reason I joined Audible

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.

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Inspiring

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.

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  • Robert
  • 01-06-2017

Nice Story, but a lot of Repetition in all 3 books

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have listened to all 3 books by Eric Greitens. Unfortunately, I think more than half of each book contains the same stories. There is some new information, but it is quite disappointing to hear the same stories time and time again. This is the first time that I have heard of an author using the same material in all of his books.
Resilience is the best of the 3. I would listen to this one and ignore the others.

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  • EllieGrace
  • 24-03-2015

I've Listened to it Twice in Two Weeks!

What made the experience of listening to Resilience the most enjoyable?

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.

What about Eric Greitens’s performance did you like?

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.

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  • Dustin Ellard
  • 08-04-2015

Excellent Book!

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.

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  • william kearns
  • 29-03-2015

It really brought me much need focus.

Where does Resilience rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

If I had to choose only one I would choose Resilence and I listen to many audio books.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That I need to listen to it from time to time.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Hugo Canedo
  • 02-09-2015

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.

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  • J. Moreno
  • 20-10-2015

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.

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  • Alex
  • 27-03-2015

Simply Excellent

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.

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  • MS23
  • 30-04-2016

Great book, good stories and applicable content

Would you consider the audio edition of Resilience to be better than the print version?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Have you listened to any of Eric Greitens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope.

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  • Redbird57
  • 17-01-2018

Lack of Clarity

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I bought this book because resilience is a trait I most admire and wish to improve upon in my own life. This book is set forth as a series of letters from the author to his friend and former Navy Seal who is struggling and the author is attempting to encourage him to be resilient.

The presentation just doesn't get it for me. I hate to be a critic without a solution, but while I think the author is trying to address a worthy cause, this presentation (and I must admit, I couldn't go much further than half) was just giving me NOTHING in the way that I thought would build my resilience. The author/reader seems like a nice person who is reaching out, but had I been the friend, I don't think I could say to him."these messages are really helping me with my struggles and/or depression."

I always hate to write a negative review, but I think personal honesty is important. It's just my opinion...don't take it as absolute truth...this book may be the magic pill for someone out there.

Would you be willing to try another book from Eric Greitens? Why or why not?

Maybe...reasons stated above

What three words best describe Eric Greitens’s voice?

Pleasant, kind, empathetic

What character would you cut from Resilience?

N/A

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  • Jonathan
  • 07-01-2018

Hard to get through

I think that getting all the way through this book, is probably about as hard as the seal training that the author describes. The content is good, but it is delivered in list after list which makes it feel repetitive and monotonous. The cadence of the reader was especially repetitive and is probably only one of biggest reason I wanted the book to be over. Didn't like how his tone went up in the middle of every sentence or at the commas. So annoying.

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  • Andrew Ramwell
  • 22-07-2015

Outstanding book

Would you listen to Resilience again? Why?

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.

What about Eric Greitens’s performance did you like?

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.

Any additional comments?

Its in my top 3 books and I read or listen to around 60 books a year. Highly recommended.

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  • Steve S
  • 10-02-2016

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.

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  • Mr
  • 17-12-2015

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.

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  • Jim B.
  • 10-12-2016

Really good.

Good narration. Great content. The music between chapters is not my taste.

But this series of letters is class. I wish I had someone looking out for me like this. However, there is plenty to learn from, re-listen, and put into practice.

Great work Eric. I hope 'Walker' has some weight lifted from his shoulders and walks lighter.

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  • Jean Daniel Dos Santos
  • 10-04-2015

Great book!

Amazing book full of wisdom, it is the best book I have listened to so far this year.

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  • Rafal
  • 08-11-2017

I wish I would listen to this book 25 years ago.

So far I've listened to this book twice and I know I'll come back to it soon. It is so helpful and true it's difficult not to get emotional at times.
Listening to it I feel like I'm very late to start living my life, but as Greitens say - a good story doesn't start at the beggining, it starts when it gets interesting.

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  • keri
  • 05-04-2017

wonderful book

Would you listen to Resilience again? Why?

i read a book a week, this is the best for around 12 months, read it!!

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  • ANDREW PAUL SMEDLEY
  • 04-04-2017

Excellent

Full of wisdom, I will be listening through again. Need constant reminders of these life lessons

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  • Marwa
  • 17-02-2017

Great read!

alot of ancient wisdom and deep thoughts about life and being resillient. i've learned a lot od this book- felt like a joirney of growth

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  • Michael Winski
  • 17-12-2016

Wonderful

Glorious book helpful wisdom for all.
Narrator was clear spoken.
Filled with many insightful stories on human resilience.
My favourite part is at the end when he gives respect to god & the restful moments we are blessed with.

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