Stronger: Develop the Resilience You Need to Succeed

George S. Everly Jr., Ph.D., Douglas A. Strouse, Ph.D., and Dennis K. McCormack, Ph.D.,

AMACOM,  August 2015

First responders, emergency medical personnel, star athletes -- all perform remarkable feats in the face of intense stress. But how often have you heard of athletes, businesspeople, students, or performing artists who had remarkable talent and enormous potential, but never achieved the success for which they seemed destined?

Why do some people rise above adversity and excel under pressure, and others doubt themselves and panic -- or choke? What separates them is attitude. Resilient people meet adversity head-on and bounce back from setbacks. They seem to exude a natural inner strength. But studies show that they're rarely born with this outlook; rather, it develops over time. In fact, as this book will show, you can develop the attitudes that shield you from stress and help you overcome obstacles.

Drawing on decades of research, scientific analysis, interviews with nearly 1,000 highly resilient people working in unusually stressful professions, and the unique perspectives of a standout team of authors -- a stress-management expert, a skilled entrepreneur, and a Navy SEAL -- Stronger analyzes the heroic exploits of the Navy SEALs and others who succeed against all odds, pinpoints the traits that define the most resilient people on earth, and reveals how you can develop this vital competitive advantage at any age.

Complete with self-assessments, engaging and empowering stories, and Rx prescriptions, this wise and practical book will teach you how to practice the essential skills that will build your resilience. With its guidance, you'll be able to:

  • Make better decisions under pressure
  • Achieve peak performance
  • Discover hidden opportunities
  • Boost your energy, both physically and psychologically
  • Recover quickly from setbacks

Change any situation for the better -- and live a more satisfying and happy life. Why let problems keep you from moving forward? With Stronger you'll develop the life-changing ability to not just withstand adversity and extreme pressure, but to succeed under even the most challenging conditions.

Competing in today's world calls for deep reserves of strength -- in sports, academic placements, auditions, promotions, or entrepreneurial success. Let Stronger give you the competitive edge you need to withstand the pressure and achieve your best!

Hardcover | ISBN: 9780814436042 | Publication Date: August 2015


"Stronger gives us hope! It shows us in plain and simple language how to become more resilient people and resilient leaders. This book is a MUST-read for anyone who aspires to greatness."
-- Jon Luther, Retired Chairman/CEO -- Dunkin Brands; Chairman of Arby's Restaurant Group; Chairman of The Culinary Institute of America

"There is no better team of authors to guide us through an in-depth understanding of resilience. Stronger is a must-read book. It will enable us to develop the individual resilience to achieve personal success -- in any field."
-- Captain David Del Giudice USN (Ret.), 2010 inductee into the Commando Hall of Honor

"Stronger is a must-read: a compelling roadmap to success . . . Keep it handy and refer to it frequently. It will take you to new levels of achievement -- even beyond your expectations."
-- Jonathan Schochor, Senior Managing Partner, Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A.

"I always have a note pad next to me when I read. After reading Stronger, I saw that I had written down words like real people/real stories, wisdom, usable, personal responsibility, and respect. The word I had underlined was hope. This book is well worth taking the time to read."
-- Rear Admiral Brian W. Flynn, Ed.D., Assistant Surgeon General (USPHS, Ret.)

"This terrific book is about resilience, and how one can forge ahead despite the mammoth challenges that confront the achievement of lofty goals. Stronger is a pathway for making a difference -- both in your life and in the world. I recommend it without qualification."
-- S.J. Tagliareni, author of Hitler's Priest and The Cross or the Swastika

"With extensive research illustrated by interviews with truly remarkable people, this book clearly explains how to implement the five core factors of personal resilience. Stronger will help you deal with life's challenges. Don't keep it on the shelf, but close at hand, with key sections bookmarked to be referred to daily."
-- Robert J. Collins, Ph.D., President, GERSTEL, Inc., a subsidiary of GERSTEL GmbH & Co. KG