Steve’s book re-taught me stuff I’ve known for years and suddenly made it both more authentic and actionable.
In my profession I study, teach, write and consult on the topic of human performance at work. That has been my passion for over thirty years. In that time I have read hundreds of “self-help” books, as well as thousands of articles and research papers. In Defense of Adversity not only shines a light on the value of persistence, but authoritatively coaches the reader on building the capability to successfully persist.
I bought Steve’s book not because adversity and our reaction to it affect our attitudes and ability to persist against it (which it absolutely does), but because I’ve known and worked with Steve for some time. I know his approach to this work and have seen firsthand the impact he has on his clients.
He knows whereof he speaks. Now I know his “secret sauce.”
The book’s title doesn’t tell the whole story about what’s inside, but it’s Steve’s starting point for good reason. His personal experience growing up in, and then returning to, his Western Pennsylvania community taught him how to “grind,” defined as “paying the price…in the face of obstacles.” He leaned this not only from his family, personal mentors and role models, but from great thinkers, coaches and athletes, all of whom graduated from the proverbial “School of Hard Knocks,” such as Dr. Scott Peck, Winston Churchill, Helen Keller, Rocky Bleier, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.
PLEASE NOTE: Do not mistake the sports references for blustery macho BS aimed at alpha males. This is a very human approach aimed at any gender, age group and lifestyle. Trust me. One of Steve’s recommendations for strengthening your resilience includes Yoga.
Don’t expect simple “go get ‘um, you can do it” platitudes either. Steve offers practical and well thought out approaches for preparing for, acknowledging and facing off against the inevitable setbacks and personal frailties we all encounter while moving forward toward specific goals. He references and integrates brain science, Gestalt Theory, martial arts training, Emotional Intelligence and, yes, Vince Lombardi into the mix.
Yes. Great minds DO think alike.