In the face of impossible odds—maybe the devastating consequences of a personal loss, the pain of a collapsed career, the struggle against a powerful disease, or a destructive and toxic relationship—how do you keep going?
We may wonder if we have the strength to survive this ordeal before us. Dr. Sampson Davis and Sharlee Jeter want to prove that we do.
No strangers to adversity themselves, Dr. Sampson Davis and Sharlee Jeter created The Stuff Movement by interviewing dozens of survivors to discovery how they triumphed over their challenges. These inspirational interviews reveal eleven core elements—founded on attributes we all possess—that empower us to not only survive through hardship, but also thrive.
You already have the Stuff. Now learn to use it.
“Sampson and Sharlee’s message of the power of positivity, hard work, and resilience is one that we need to hear right now” (Chris Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author) and you can join the conversation at TheStuffMovement.com.
Featuring stories from 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