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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
..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.
"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.
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.
"An Absolutely OUTSTANDING Philosophy Primer!!"
I was thoroughly blown away at how far-reaching Eric's knowledge of philosophy is. Every kid between the ages of 16-19 should read this book. Everyone interested in philosophy should read this book.
It DOES touch a little bit on religion towards the end, which I felt was unnecessary and confusing - especially after Eric had just gotten done talking about how great the scientific method is (it is!!) and how we should do our own research and ask the hard questions and NOT just believe what we're told by others - in other words, don't unquestioningly just buy into unproven claims or historical hearsay (which is all the Bible is). Having said this, I want to be very clear that Eric DOES NOT try to convert anyone to his religion, which I respect immensely. I simply believe the book would've been the same or slightly better without the religious stuff.
Overall, Eric is an EXCELLENT narrator and an EXCELLENT author and I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone interested in life lessons and overall philosophy.
"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.
"Wisdom much in need in our society..."
I have profound respect and appreciation for the warrior/philosopher balance. A veteran myself, I also invest much of my time thinking, reading about, and discussing these things. Resilience is a core trait for a life well-lived in service and Greitens is a brilliant choice as a guide along this path based on the life and legacy he has built. I look forward to future books by him. He has earned a place on my shelf next to Marcus Aurelius.
Greitens is on the list of strongly recommended authors for my own children as they transition to adulthood. I also recommend The Heart and the Fist by him.
"Applicable to everyone"
Eric does a great job of applying stoicism to modern day struggles. He distills the wisdom of war into lessons that applicable to anyone who is working to overcome loss. I have recommended and gifted this to several people. It is one of the few books that I reread every year.
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