November 2, 2007

Book Review - The Adversity Advantage

The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness
Paul G. Stoltz and Erik Weihenmayer
BF 637 .S8 S694 2006

Stoltz, who authored the Adversity Quotient, teams up with Weihenmayer, a successful blind athlete, in this book to show how his princples can be put into action. The organization is based on the image and physical challenge of climbing the seven highest mountains in the world. Each summit is tied to one of Stoltz's principles and Weihenmayer supplies real life anecdotes that exemplify these principles. Early chapters advise readers to accept and embrace adversities rather than fighting them and illustrates what personal strengths need to be mustered in order to overcome them. Next, readers are encouraged to analyze their adversities to understand them as well as their emotional reactions to them and to brainstorm possibilities of addressing them. The final three chapters take a broader outlook, suggesting how you move through life in relation to adversities. Suggestions are given for how to choose the "right things, people, obligations and pursuits [that] will strengthen you," learning to turn painful experiences into opportunities for growth. The book wraps up by providing practices that can be used daily to use adversity to your benefit.