Hard-won Wisdom for Living A Better Life

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"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. Drew Sheets 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. Drew 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 more.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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2015
ISBN: 9780544323988
Branch Call Number: 155.24 GRE 2015
Characteristics: xii, 301 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 10, 2019

Starting this book I had no idea that Eric Greitens is actively involved in politics as I only start looking for information regarding the author once the book is done reading. I have to admit that the person that I have imagined as going along with the book and the one that I saw being displayed as a candidate for governor of Missouri are quite different, however that is not influencing my opinion about his past writings, including this one.

Jun 13, 2016

Disappointing. The author wrote a bunch of lengthy, dense letters to a friend who was going through a rough time. The tone and language of the letters makes it appear clear that they were written specifically for publication, rather than being written to help a navy buddy suffering from alcoholism and PTSD.
The author then published the letters and traded off his having qualified as a Navy Seal. The Seal community universally condemned him for this, given their ethos of not seeking personal attention and glory for doing their job. As well, they were unhappy because although he completed Seal training, he left the military at the earliest opportunity without ever having led a Seal team. His unfortunate friend's (the recipient of the letters) name subsequently became public, while the author reserved a number of web domain names indicating he would run for senator, president, etc. in the future. He is currently running for Governor of Missouri and is the subject of scorn from his former colleagues.

This book is fantastic. I'm reading it slowly and considering the ideas.

Unlike the hoorah you might expect from a former Navy Seal, this book is thoughtful and thought provoking.

It pulls from some of the best stuff I've read on the topic of Resilience, including what Martin Segilman does at UPenn.

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