Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life

Resilience Hard Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life A masterpiece of warrior wisdom that shows how to overcome obstacles with positive action The best selling author Navy SEAL and humanitarian Eric Greitens offers a self help book unlike any other Tw

  • Title: Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life
  • Author: Eric Greitens
  • ISBN: 9780544323988
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A masterpiece of warrior wisdom that shows how to overcome obstacles with positive action The best selling author, Navy SEAL, and humanitarian Eric Greitens offers a self help book unlike any other Two years ago, 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 toughA masterpiece of warrior wisdom that shows how to overcome obstacles with positive action The best selling author, Navy SEAL, and humanitarian Eric Greitens offers a self help book unlike any other Two years ago, 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, and 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 a timeless handbook They explain how we can build purpose, confront the pain in our lives, practice compassion, develop our vocations, find a mentor, create happiness, follow a role model, think about the story of our lives, and much .Resilience grapples with real hardship The lessons are deep, yet practical, and the advice leads to clear solutions This is a profoundly hopeful book We all face pain, difficulty, and doubt But with resilience, we can lead vital, flourishing lives.

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    About “Eric Greitens

    • Eric Greitens

      Eric Greitens was an Angier B Duke Scholar, Truman Scholar, Rhodes Scholar, Navy SEAL, White House Fellow, champion boxer and sub 3 hour marathon runner He is currently the founder Chairman of the Center for Citizen Leadership in St Louis, MO.Eric s book of award winning photographs and essays, Strength and Compassion, grew from his humanitarian work His doctoral thesis, Children First, investigated the ways in which international humanitarian organizations can best serve war affected children He has worked as a humanitarian volunteer, documentary photographer, and researcher in Rwanda, Cambodia, Albania, Mexico, India, the Gaza Strip, Croatia, and Bolivia.



    745 thoughts on “Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life

    • Wow this book has so many five star reviews! I can see its appeal but the "man up and serve your duty. HOOOAH" military thinking combined with Greek philosophy wasn't what I was looking for. I picked up this book because I wanted to a deeper understanding of resilience. As it turns out I already have the type of resilience that the author describes; the type that allows one to grit, serve and survive. Yes, through my depression I can prise myself out of bed, prepare a training session and delive [...]


    • In a different time, a different place this would not be a 5 star book but for our culture and our time it is a reminder of virtues and values we have almost lost. It takes the form of a series of letters from one former SEAL to another one suffering from PTSD. I loved all the classical references. This book would be a perfect graduation gift for a boy or a girl and would be a great book for a high school junior or senior's reading list.


    • Fantastic book. I would give it five stars but for the pervasive "even men can read books and have feelings too" theme. I don't fault the author for weaving that into his otherwise really well-written book since his target seems to be guys who believe being manly involves not reading or acknowledging emotions beyond anger but rather punching walls and kicking dogs. For me, not being that way at all, that theme distracted and annoyed me. Other than that I found the book well-written and deeply th [...]


    • Fantastic book by Navy Seal and PhD Eric Greitens, who also wrote "The Heart and the Fist" - another recommended read - and who has been named one of the most influential leaders in America.This book is packed with practical wisdom about how to best live one's life to ones fullest potential. Greitens is obviously inspired by Marcus Aurelius' "Letters from a Stoic", and his books takes on a similar shape with the chapters consisting of a series of letters Greitens wrote to a navy seal friend of h [...]


    • Before you read another word of this, go buy this book, bring it into your home and read it, or maybe read it in the bookstore, or read it on your tablet, or have someone read it to you. Just read it. Then sit quietly for a moment, and read it again (OK, I haven't quite done this part yet, but I'm bound to do it at least once every year). I swear there is something of note, a parable, a lesson, an action to do, on every page of this book.This book has ent [...]


    • This is the best book I've read all year, and certainly one of the best I've read in the last few. This book offers a lot of wisdom for someone looking to engage life's challenges and grow along the way. Greitens applies the principles he learned with the SEALS and timeless wisdom from Socrates to Seneca to Jesus to Nietzsche to the issues of enduring hardship, using pain constructively, becoming reflective, and practicing virtue in order to become what he calls the "resilient" person. This is r [...]


    • The format of the book follows a series of correspondence between two Navy Seals, back in the civilian world. One is failing to cope, the other is trying to help. The author's letters are filled with references to philosophy, poetry, and basic self-help principles. The core of the book revolves around the title as it's concept. i.e. the need for resilience!!I believe that the suggestions contained in the book could be extremely helpful for returning soldiers trying to re-integrate into civilian [...]


    • When I first started reading this book, I thought it would be the sort of book that would provide a look at resilience, at overcoming difficulty, and it did, in a manner of speaking. This is a book where the structure of the book, as artificial and contrived as it is, is of the utmost importance. The author is a retired Navy SEAL who finds great purpose in encouraging other veterans, and this book is written as a series of letters about various topics to a colleague of his who had left the servi [...]


    • Letter 1: Your Frontline – 1Letter 2: Why Resilience? – 8Letter 3: What is Resilience – 19Letter 4: Beginning – 32Letter 5: Happiness – 49Letter 6: Models – 66Letter 7: Identity – 79Letter 8: Habits – 95Letter 9: Responsibility – 106Letter 10: Vocation – 115Letter 11: Philosophy – 129Letter 12: Practice – 147Letter 13: Pain – 157 Letter 14: Mastering Pain – 168Letter 15: Reflection – 192Letter 16: Friends – 208Letter 17: Mentors – 220Letter 18: Teams – 238Lett [...]


    • Given the disproportionate number of 5 star ratings for this book, I was prepared to be greatly disappointed. The original material comes from a series of letters the author wrote to his friend but in book form they read more like essays trying to imitate letters. I found the mix of styles distracting. The content is too well polished for the 'letters to a friend' motif. For this to work for me as a collection of letters I would have liked to read more of the friend's side of the conversation to [...]


    • My favorite quote from this book:"We all need something to struggle against and to struggle for. The aim in life is not to avoid struggles but to have the right ones; not to avoid worry, but to care about the right things; not to live without fear, but to confront worthy fears with force and passion."Eric Greitens is a serious warrior and a serious philosopher. He was a boxer, a Navy SEAL, worked with refugees in war-torn countries, and now runs an organization that helps military veterans retur [...]


    • One of my coworkers is a retired Marine turned lawyer. He requested that I read this book. He thoroughly enjoyed reading the author and Navy SEAL's take on being resilient to adversities.From my perspective, it was just another self help book. I don't really care for them. I tend to get more out of an anecdote or history than I do from a philosophical soliloquy. That's not a jibe at the author as he sounds like an amazing individual and a clearly a great patriot. I just don't care for the book's [...]


    • Fantastic book about surviving and thriving in life. What made this book so special to me besides the writing style was the honesty behind every word. The writer was not shy in addressing the paradoxes of life and after addressing the tragedies of these situations in a realistic fashion, brought the reader up to a more empowered position than before. Both bad and good were addressed and not dramatically. Loved it. It's a story as much as a self-improvement book.


    • Extraordinary is right.This guy is a Renaissance Man- warrior, philosopher, humanitarian, and hopeful statesman.Undoubtedly a personality to watch for in the future.


    • Mr. Greitens needs to step off his pedestal of self-importance. Book is unorganized and boring. Author thinks too highly of himself.


    • These are the things that wise older brother we could all use would tell us. As good a guide to life as you are likely to find.



    • Great read! I’ve read it twice now and anticipate I will revisit more than once in my remaining time here. Timeless wisdom that has withstood the ages. This book encapsulates what good philosophy is in my opinion: pragmatic perspective about why and how to live a flourishing life full of well-being. If I ever meet the author I owe him some combination of a firm handshake, a hug, a beer, a bow for his support and compassion through hard times. I find it interesting that more often than not when [...]


    • A few thoughts on this book by our current governor:1) If this is helpful to people with PTSD, then power to everyone involved. Or, you know, resilience to everyone involved. I'm not a psychiatrist, so I have nothing to say about its usefulness there.2) If this is limited to being a work on what Greitens thinks people with PTSD need to hear, then see 1). If, however, this is some kind of statement of life principles for, well "living a better life" overall, on the other hand, I have some issues. [...]


    • This is perhaps one of the most important books to our development as human begins. I love the style Greitens utilizes as a friend sharing wisdom with another friend. After all, we as frail people needs good friends and mentors to encourage us along the way. For a long time, I looked at Eric Greitens as someone who is too good to be true. Athlete. Duke graduate. Rhodes scholar. Humanitarian. Navy SEAL. Founder of a non-profit supporting veterans. Governor of the state of Missouri. 43 years old. [...]


    • After reading this book, it would seem nearly impossible not to like Eric Greitens. Resilience is structured as a series of letters Greitens wrote to help a fellow SEAL veteran who was struggling with PTSD upon returning home. In the letters, Greitens dispenses his accumulated wisdom on living what he calls a resilient life. In a way, I think the book is mis-titledis book is more accurately a compilation of Greitens' accumulated wisdom for living a full lifewith much based on his own life experi [...]


    • I brilliant set of letters written by someone with deep knowledge and understanding of what it means to be resilient every day. Exciting, motivating and engaging and hard to put down


    • I just can't get enough of the letters with Walker. Every day of reading, I learn something new about myself and I'm better for this. Great book for all:



    • I mostly listened to this book while I was working on some mindless activities. I found that whenever I actually read parts of the book, I enjoyed it a lot more. Greitens does his own reading for the audiobook and I didn't like his reading style. He would chuckle through parts of it, sometimes stifle a yarn, and often would end phrases or sentences with a rising inflection making it sound more like a question. It took me about half the book to get past that to where I could enjoy the content. As [...]


    • Everything in this epistolar book worked for me. Mostly, the credibility of the author. I made a notebook to hand write so many, many great quotes in hopes that they will shape my brain into a more resilient one. I will not give a five star rating only because the author's tone was a little too preachy.Greitens inspires the reader to take meaningful and doable action. Yes, it is a self help book but is not loaded with cacophony or noise. These thoughts on philosophy comes from a serviceman and I [...]


    • I received this book through the First Reads program.It's very unusual for me to abandon a book unfinished. Since I've decided to put this book on the back shelf for an undetermined amount of time, I feel like I should explain why.The section that I can't get past is as follows:Here's where this gets tough. Imagine that a friend tells us, "I feel depressed every morning." Society has taught us that we're supposed to say, "I'm sorry you feel that way." And that's a fine thing to say. But then we [...]


    • I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a no-nonsense/no excuse approach to taking control of what can be in controlled in their lives. I've read and re-read this book, and personally, many of the lessons in this book were exactly what I needed to hear. I had many disjointed thoughts on how to be more resilient and muddled plans conjured from reflections on previous failures- this book helped immensely in uncovering areas I could improve on that I was either blind to, or perhaps too reluctan [...]


    • I was surprised that the author, a former Navy seal, is a devotee of the ancient Greeks, whom I love. His book consists of a series of letters to a friend and former colleague in the Seals, who is suffering PTSD and other debilitating after-effects of combat. These letters offer wisdom on how to achieve resilience, that is, how to move "through hardship to happiness, through pain to wisdom, through suffering to strength." The Greek tragedians and philosophers, who understood the universality of [...]


    • Much of what Greitens discusses about how to live your life reflects what I believe to be true: you are defined by how you react to events, and not having events define you. What you choose to do, what you choose to say (or not say) in response to all the good and bad things that can happen determines your character, and we always have a choice. Lots of highlighted passages in this book of things to remember, and spout in "fortune cookie moments" to my kids when they need some guidance. One star [...]


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