Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles Into Everyday Greatness

Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles Into Everyday Greatness




Turn Daily Setbacks and Dramatic Challenges into a Key Component of Success

Adversity is one of the most potent forces in life. It shapes your character, clarifies your priorities, and defines your path. It can also fuel your greatness. Each of us faces a rich assortment of adversities every day, ranging from minor hassles to major setbacks and challenges, even tragedies.

The path to success, both in business and in life, is learning how to convert any adversity, major or minor, into a genuine advantage. The Adversity Advantage offers practical tools that teach you how to use adversity as a force for superior achievement. Its seven proven principles will help you harness the adversity in your life and turn it into agility, innovation, energy, and happiness:


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743290227
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 01/02/2007
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Erik Weihenmayer is the world's leading blind athlete and the only blind person in history to reach the Seven Summits, including Everest. Erik inspires millions of people each year through his climbing expeditions, nonprofit outreach, and keynote presentations. He is author of Touch the Top of the World, which was made into a TV movie, and subject of the award-winning documentary Farther Than the Eye Can See. Erik has been featured on the cover of Time and lives with his family in Golden, Colorado.

Paul G. Stoltz, Ph.D., founded and has been the CEO of PEAK Learning since 1987, a global research and consulting firm, and the director of the Global Resilience Project, working with top leaders and organizations worldwide. The originator of the globally acclaimed AQ (Adversity Quotient) method and author of the international bestsellers The Adversity Quotient and Adversity Quotient at Work, he resides with his family in San Luis Obispo, California.

Stephen R. Covey, one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans, has dedicated his life to demonstrating how every person can control their destiny with profound, yet straightforward guidance. He is an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author. He has sold over 20 million books (in 38 languages), and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the 20th Century. His most recent major book, The 8th Habit , has sold nearly 400,000 copies. He is the cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. He lives with his wife and family in Utah.

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nycityeast More than 1 year ago
Two authors: Erik Weihenmayer (author), Paul Stoltz (author) provide a wonderful context for the reader. Motivational tools, inspriational writing, effective information for taking control of ones life when faced with adversity. Highly recommend, #1 motivational book ever written. Excellent research-bibliography, entertaining photos, information, very well written, flowed well, motivated me to take charge of my life. Great for any age group, person, should be required reading--it was that good!!!
Curtislight More than 1 year ago
For all business, athletic achievement admirers. Exceptional book, very good content, excellent writing, information on how to succeed in any area of your life despite adversity-obstacles-disadvantages-misery! Highly recommened to all. Awesome book.
briannnnn More than 1 year ago
Excellent nonfiction book. Erik Weihenmayer (author), is the first BLIND man in the history of planet Earth to summit all seven of the world's conitinent's highest peaks-mountains. He is also (while completely blind) an avid rock climber, paraglider, outdoorsman, skier -- all around sucessful competitve athlete. The author became blind at the age of 13, and decided to use his adversity to his advantage in life. He will teach the reader to do the same, whatever obstacle you want to overcome, goal you want to achieve, disadvantage you face, this author teaches the principles needed for success. Clearly, the best motivational book I have ever read, this author is very good at uplifting the reader to the heights he has faced in spite of his BLIND adversity. Strength, power, success, skill, will, goal achievment, how to succeed in life in all areas -- this book will teach you how to do this. Very highly recommended, this author motivated me to action -- changed my life for the better!
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Ludwig van Beethoven went deaf in his mid-20s, but still created sublime music. Albert Einstein's childhood teachers felt he had no academic potential, but he achieved works of genius. What if these brilliant individuals had quit pursuing their dreams, as they easily could have? Erik Weihenmayer became blind at 13, yet he is an accomplished mountain, ice and rock climber, and an expert skier, skydiver, long-distance biker and marathon competitor. Like Beethoven and Einstein, he had a real reason to quit pursuing hard goals. Instead, he decided to climb as high as he could, literally. Weihenmayer and leadership expert Paul G. Stoltz, his co-author, offer a gripping story about turning adversity to your advantage. They explain how to use misfortune to strengthen your character and realize your goals, no matter how difficult. Weihenmayer's first-person inserts and narratives about people who conquered trouble are particularly compelling. getAbstract highly recommends this inspiring celebration of indomitable spirit. It teaches a profound lesson about how bravely facing hardship can enrich your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An intriguing thought about the book emerged from a church discussion. Erik's Summit Game helps him get through difficult times as he moves towards some lofty goal. He envisions standing on top, hugging his teammates, a big smile on his face, saying a prayer, maybe even calling home on a satellite phone to tell his family he has made it. While the Summit Game can be useful in any difficult endeavor, what if we used that same concept to help us through life's tough stuff, by envisioning our eternal reward, a life with our Savior. While The Adversity Advantage is not a 'religious book,' it is very appealing to me as a person of faith.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Adversity Advantage carries a refreshing message which will help me in my life. We all get overwhelmed from time to time when things are not going our way. But if, instead, I look at such hardships as offering me an opportunity to do something great, to break out of my normal mold, it will change my outlook entirely. I was particularly intrigued when thinking about developing my own 'signature systems,' like Erik Weihenmayer has done. While I definitely won't be climbing Everest, innovative approaches can be useful in almost every endeavor. I intend to try doing it more often in my more sedentary life here at sea level. And while I don't like to suffer, and don't want to either, I do understand from this book that 'suffering well' can be the difference between being despondent and finding goodness and pleasure even in the toughest of circumstances. What I liked is that this book not only presented these new philosophies and perspectives, but it provided a 'how to' process to put those into practice as well. Very helpful to anyone who really wants to grow as a person
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Adversity Advantage because it drove me to re-examine how I react and respond to adversity in my own life. It taught me some new techniques for dealing with the obstacles I face every day. It's well written, balanced, and doesn't try to beat you over the head with theoretical jargon like many other books. Instead, it provides practical insight that everyone can understand and assimilate. Great job Mssrs. Stoltz and Weihenmayer !!
CraigGrand More than 1 year ago
Great medicine for the mind, body, spirit! Very uplifting nonfiction book, written by two authors. Pierce Morgan CNN, Dateline NBC, 48 Hours CBS, 20/20 ABC should all do a show on this book ' content. Two author's provide excellent true life principles, tools, solid time tested information on how to succeed in life despite obstacles. I liked reading Erik's chapters the best (it is split 50/50 between Paul, and/or author Erik). Erik who became blind by age 13, turned that adversity into an advantage: he hiked world's highest mountains, did many outdoor sporting events, became a successful husband, father, businessman. Highly recommend to anyone who believs in the illusion that an obstacle is a disadvantage. Pearless information, very highly recommend to anyone who wants more out of life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of us with a professional interest in human performance the scientific research into 'resilience' is not new. As people we often make the mistake of believing that if we know it, understand it and agee with it--we must be doing it. This false assumption leads to knowledge without change. What Dr Stoltz has achieved and describes in this book are validated, measurable tools to help us easily turn theory into daily practice. Covey's Forword alone is worth the price of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Next to the Bible, Adversity Advantage is the best personal improvement book I have ever worked through. Erik & Paul have put together a wonderful 7 Peak Performance Program to take those who are open to sojourning at the next level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Adversity Advantage taught me how to take life¿s challenges and uncertainties and use them to fuel a more purpose-driven life. Erik W. shares incredible adventures from his 7 summits climbs that leave you wanting more. I especially enjoyed the chapter about Erik's descent from 18,501 foot Mt. Elbrus on skis! Paul S. reveals events where corporations have had incredible adversity dumped on them, and by implementing Paul's methods they came out of the adversity in a much greater place than where they had been when the adversity struck. If there is one book to read that will teach you how to succeed in life¿ this is it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the blend of Erik's adventures climbing the Seven Summits and Paul¿s strong message perfect. I liked being able to relate back to real-life situations through Erik's writing. If there is anyone that turn the impossible in to possible, it is Erik Weihenmayer. So many books of this type lack the true human aspect of dealing with adversity in our lives. I became more focused, more creative, more driven, after reading Adversity Advantage. There is a life-changing message in this book. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Money well spent. Einstein was told he was to dumb to succeed, Vincent Van Gough was told he was no a good artist, Michael Jordan was cut by his basketball team, what is the difference between those that succeed and/or those that fail, that is what this book is about. Superb nonfiction book, written by two authors who alternate in each chapter (each chapter has some content by both authors), it is a good book. Perhaps the best motivational book available, best I have ever read.
dietcok More than 1 year ago
Arnold Scharzenegger was told was was to weak to succed in weighlifting, yet became the most celebrated weighlifter ever. Arnold Scharnegger was told Hollywood movies with him it would never sell, he is highest grossing Hollywood icon ever. Arnold Scharnegger was told he would never become anything, yet he has succeed in all areas of his life for his whole life, despite facing an abusive househould, his father beat him, he grew up in poverty in Austria. This book IS NOT ABOUT ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGER, it is about how super achievers in life succeed despite facing naysayers, misery, poverty. Taught a profound lesson in life, by reading this book, provides keeen insight into how to become successful, both authors did a great job.
EddieGreen More than 1 year ago
Erik Weihenmayer, the author of this book along with Paul Stoltz (author) Stephen Covey of 7 habits of highly effective people did foreward. Out of all of them, Erk is the best, he is a real-life action hero, a blind man who hiked to the top of Mt. Everest and other seven of worlds tallest peaks, plus other outdoor feats. His life, wisdowm, wriitng about motivation, self help is far superior to anything I have ever read on achieiving success. Erik Weihenmayer is my hero, a true life action hero.
somewhereintime1 More than 1 year ago
AAA book, very inspiring, insightful, well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Substantiated content, both authors are experts on the topic of success. Very good book.
TomMillerVailResorts More than 1 year ago
Packed full of useful wisdom on topic of achivement in life, very exciting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the time it too to read, very remarkable in terms of motivation.
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The Adversity Advantage is a great book, pushed me to more positive action that are able to last with the tools I learned in this wonderful book, both authors are very insightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Phenomenal book, maybe more of Erk and less of Paul would have made it superb, as far as author content is concerned.