Everyone has difficult moments in life. But everyone also has the Stuff to overcome hardships, to survive and thrive.
Learn how to better access and hone the eleven core elements of the Stuff and be inspired by the real-world stories of triumph in this practical book by New York Times bestselling author Dr. Sampson Davis (The Pact, Living and Dying in Brick City) and Sharlee Jeter (Turn 2 Foundation).
Everyone has those moments in life when they’re truly tested, when they wonder if they have the strength to overcome the challenges before them. We’ve all heard stories of people who have risen up in the face of the unimaginable. But not everyone believes that they have what it takes to do the same.
However, what we need to realize our own potential—to fight for what we want our lives to be—already resides within each of us. You already have the Stuff. Learning how to develop and harness it is the key.
Survivors themselves, Dr. Sampson Davis and Sharlee Jeter have created The Stuff Movement, interviewing dozens of people to find the common threads that enabled them to triumph over their challenges. Through the powerful stories of people who overcame cancer, poverty, toxic relationships, racism, violence, career roadblocks, and other obstacles big and small—The Stuff highlights eleven core elements that will help you not only survive but thrive in spite of life’s difficulties. These elements are as easy to understand as they are to enact—presented in plain talk, without judgment, and with compassion for the everyday challenges people face.
As Dr. Davis and Sharlee share stories of the amazing people who’ve shown their Stuff, you’ll find that unearthing the same Stuff within yourself is a process as rewarding as it is important—and you’ll never say you can’t do it again.
Read the book, and join the conversation at TheStuffMovement.com.
Featuring stories about John O’Leary (On Fire), Mercy Alexander, Rich Ruffalo, Mindee Hardin, Glenn and Cara O’Neill, Sean Swarner, Traci Micheline, Wess Stafford (Too Small to Ignore), Austin Hatch, Debra Peppers, Christine Magnus Moore, Martha Hawkins, Ali Stroker (Glee), Susan Scott Krabacher, Deval Patrick, and more.
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About the Author
Dr. Sampson Davis is an emergency room physician, public speaker, philanthropist, and New York Times bestselling author. In 2000, he helped found The Three Doctors Foundation, which offers a series of free public programs focused on health, education, leadership, and mentoring. Dr. Davis was honored in 2000 with the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award as well as named one of their forty most inspirational African Americans in the country. He is the youngest physician to receive the National Medical Association highest honor and was honored on national television with the 2009 BET Awards. Dr. Davis has coauthored New York Times bestselling books, The Pact, We Beat the Street, The Bond, and Living and Dying in Brick City: An ER Doctor Returns Home.
Derek Jeter is a fourteen-time All-Star and five-time World Series winner who has played for one team—the storied New York Yankees—for all twenty seasons of his major league career. His grace and class on and off the field have made him an icon and role model far beyond the world of baseball.
Marcus Brotherton is a New York Times bestselling author and collaborative writer known for his books with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has authored or coauthored more than twenty-five books and substantively edited more than thirty-five others. Marcus’s books include the widely acclaimed Shifty’s War, We Who Are Alive & Remain, A Company of Heroes, and Feast for Thieves.
Table of Contents
Foreword Derek Jeter xi
Chapter 1 The Question Everybody Asks 1
Chapter 2 Choose to Hope 27
Chapter 3 Forge Your Motivation Statement 49
Chapter 4 You Must Launch 75
Chapter 5 Develop Your Team 97
Chapter 6 Push Your Limits 123
Chapter 7 Refuse to Give In to Fear 147
Chapter 8 Focus Your Rage 171
Chapter 9 Lean Into Hard Work 199
Chapter 10 Stay Open to Unforeseen Inspiration 225
Chapter 11 Flip Negatives to Positives 251
Chapter 12 Be a Giver 275
Postscript: You've Already Got What It Takes 301