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Throughout my life I have done things my way, and they have always worked out - as if I've had luck in my corner. Of course there were challenges along the way, but these were always dealt with head-on and produced great results. This approach brought me around the globe: living from Tel Aviv to London to Tokyo to Jakarta to Buenos Aires; from Wall Street to Main Street to Midaq Alley; from an apartment on Fifth Avenue to living out of my car. No matter what, I was “all in.” This approach has brought me both failures and successes, including a once-thriving business. 

All of my optimism and bravado came to a crashing halt one cold December holiday night, when after an evening out with good friends, I suffered an accident. I was beaten with a pipe and later found under a moving train, resulting in quadriplegia. Given virtually no chance to walk again, I was devastated. But I also had hope, and lots of it. A fire that exists deep within, and has since childhood, burns on no matter the circumstances. I am here for a bigger mission. What would that mission now be?

Nothing could have prepared me for what was to come. Every part of my life - emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, financial, including family and friend relationships, suffered. Still, not 10 seconds of pity passed through me while I lay on that gurney in a cold, dark, sterile hall in the trauma center, with a priest's hand on my arm; I was determined to recover, to heal. 

This sense of optimism was supported by a deep inner belief that all things in life are impermanent, and no matter how bad it was, it too would eventually pass. Having a background as an entrepreneur, I organized and operated my recovery as a business, down to a daily spreadsheet that had my time split into 15-minute segments. This process changed me in deep, introspective ways, allowing me to get in touch with my heart - with compassion for myself and others. 

As a result, today I am a changed man; a new person, reborn into a new body. I embarked on a journey of recovery and healing that brought me through great pain and darkness, a result of looking deep within for the bigger answers related to who I am and what my purpose is here, only brought home through God’s grace and the sweet song of having touched my inner-self-soul. After years of grueling physical therapy, I am also now learning to take steps again. There is no doubt in my mind, I will walk and run again. My body is sure to follow. 

If you or someone you know has suffered a life trauma, or if you are part of medical or support staff, a friend or family of someone going through a life-changing experience, then this experiential guidebook will help you to understand what questions to ask, the obstacles that the traumatized will face, and how best to proceed and support recovery and healing. Written as a narrative, the guidebook is in the form of a story you will very much share and enjoy along the way.

©2018 Steven Quigley (P)2018 Steven Quigley

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Human before anything!

I met Steven in Miami, he was one of the guests in restaurant where I'm working. I noticed he is standing out by the way he talks. Soon after we went for a drink and he helped me expend my view on many many things in life, financially and generally. His book can definitely help other people realize how to look at the life from a positive side. How always in something bad comes something good as well. Who checks the book won't regret it.

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Great story of true willpower and struggle

A story about a ringbells that live gives us, about a great man and his strugle. Must read for everybody.

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Outstanding story about a remarkable recovery

I met Steve at a restaurant in Portland, Maine. A real down to earth, great hearted dude. He told me about being an author and explained his tragic incident of becoming paralyzed from a train accident. His courage and positive attitude to recover and continue on an inspiring path in life.

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Amazing Story and alot of faith courage and love

The book is not only a very good read for anyone who experience such a catastrophic injury but it also reminds you to have faith and be very courageous and remember all the love and support you can get without even reaching out for it. My hat goes off to Steven who is a great author, friend but someone I can relate to in so many way of events in my life.

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Wicked spectacular read that opens the mind.

This mans story really opens the mind and heart to all experiences life has to offer. He has been on wicked highs and the lowest lows and just keeps on kicking life's behind on the daily. I highly recommend this book if you need an eye opener and a different perspective.

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100% Unbreakable

I am not a big reader but a friend told me about this book. My friend bought it because he had an accident and was injured, feeling bad for himself and the direction of his life. Unbreakable Mind helped change his life. He thought it might help me with being stuck in life - I am confused and unsure what direction to take in the future. I am feeling overwhelmed with sadness and emotion from my struggles. Well, he was right! This book is filled with many life lessons that all can learn from. Never have I ever read such a story, so inspirational for me, and I am sure others too. The wisdom he peppers throughout the book kept my mind churning with thoughts of how I currently live my life - such an insightful wise man. His perspective is refreshing, and much needed in the current world we live in. We need more healing and love and compassion and Steven exemplifies them all, and then some. An amazing read - thank you for sharing your story and thoughts with the world. It is better off because of people like you. Can't wait to listen to your Doing The Dirty Dishes Podcast. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for you, no doubt it is bright. Namaste.

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Amazing book. Read it.

Wow. Read this book!!! Incredible author. Love Steven, what a leader. This guy is wise.

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Have a struggle in life, read this book.

Loved this book, a must read. One bright person. This book is filled with wisdom. A true leader who leads by example. Amazing story of motivation and inspiration. Great gift too. Can't wait to see his future.

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Exceptional life story! A soulful book!

This is the first audio book I have ever listened and I enjoyed it. However, I read this book a year and half ago, listening it allowed me to see the deep soul of the writer.

Unbreakable mind gives you a new perspective on life. The author has a unique style of writing that makes you feel like a part of his life, his journey of healing from severe spinal cord injury. Excellent guide book for anyone trying to heal from physical or emotional trauma or just seeking a purpose of life. Great lesson on listening to your own body and get in charge of your health and well-being.

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Inspiring

Quick read. Interesting story of overcoming adversity when faced with unforeseen circumstances and rising back up in a whole new way. New raw perspectives to those who may have just been cruising through life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-27-21

Food for thought, well written & narrated.

Difficult to like at the start, however I'm pleased to have got to the end of this interesting and enlightening book.

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  • Davidodsoul
  • 11-29-20

Can you handle Stevens honesty?

I think most people can’t,
as they can’t stay true to themselves and it gets to their soul when others do.
But give yourself the benefit of the doubt before you go down that road.

Just can’t say enough to explain this.
Book is easy to read, easy to understand and life changing if your up for it!

I have always been 100 percent set for my goals no Mather if it goes good or bad.
I always though nothing bad could happen to me, until I hit the wall. Not close to how you did.

But that makes you my role model, is what this story has done in my life.
Is nothing but save me from stabbing my own back and letting karma do the rest. (WOW!)

This is the only book I have ever read that has gotten to me and actually made me aware of things in life.
I have read it two times, first time struggling to catch it good as I was in a deep black hole with alcohol and other stuff.
But second time clear-minded and soaking in everything you had to offer from yourself thru this book.

As your my close friend and like a brother to me this all hurts and also makes me happy,
That thru all of this shit that has happened. Because it is, and no Mather what I don’t believe you ever deserved anything like this. You still came out better, and stronger as a human being.

Especially from meeting you in person and seeing how of a free beautiful soul you are.
Thank you for putting this book into existence and for the world to see.

Anyone reading this book should take it in and appreciate life more, because I know I do.
I learned from your book that you can have it all and lose it all.
In a life aspect in the blink of a second.

But what Mathers is what you give not what you get.
You seem like you learned to give away instead of waiting for God to take it.
Maybe is a bit hard way of saying it, but I mean it in every good way.

And all I say is I wanna be like the man in this book. That’s a big man!

That deserves all the love and respect in the world, because he would never do harm on purpose to any other living being.
He takes on life as it comes to him, In every form and shape it takes. Never looses faith. And stays true to himself.
You might not know, but I like to see your list of good ways of healing sometimes, in person you told me a lot, but the full list in you book with things like, meditation, loving yourself, fasting and most important to my life now I feel like is praying.

The powers of self-healing without to many medications is something that I always believed in and how you set it up is amazing. The suitcase is my favorite, as you travel a lot! Even with the condition you have.

The day today my biggest fear and challenge that you made me aware of is managing time and energy.
Using it right and not letting chances go by me. Rather I wanna have them happen to me.

Thank you Steven, love from Norway. You're the man!

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  • Dawid Crafford
  • 11-25-20

A focus on recovery and a great read all round

A handbook and great guide for anyone who has suffered a life changing injury or has been stricken by disease and are looking to recover with grace and efficiency. Steven's story of recovery and healing is inspirational and educational all at once. The narration is absolutely second to none and the book is very well written. A real focus on the ins and outs of recovery and also jam packed with very practical solutions and ideas that will aid in the process of healing. Would recommend for general reading and listening just for the story and I would also strongly recommend this work to people who might find themselves in a similar situation as Steven did all those years back.

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  • Dave
  • 05-22-20

Steven Quigley - Nothing can stop this man!

When you get the chance to meet an amazing human, the moment can slip by very quickly. LUCKILY for me, Stevo persisted with talking to me and we will now be great friends for life!

Meeting Norbert:
It was a privilege to see this amazing bond being formed between Stevo and Norbert (who truly deserved to turn his life around as he has such a BIG heart).
That BIG heart only needed to see some good in humanity, which Stevo showed Norbert time and time again. Spending time with just the two of them was a great chance to see the bond grow, and help me understand the meaning of Altruism. Yes, it is easy to hand someone a small amount of money and feel good about yourself, feel like you are genuinely helping somebody get through the week. What Stevo has taught me is how small of a gesture giving that money really is, and that the love, respect and support is the true gift here. I also got this love, respect and support from Stevo, and we will both be forever thankful to you brother!

I was unsure of Norbert when I first met him. After asking Stevo, 'Is this bloke alright?' Stevo gave me a smile and assured me this new face in our group was genuinely a good bloke. Norbert and I then became great friends (it was like having another older brother), spent nearly everyday together and I got to experience Cheeky Mondays with Norbs.....what a wild night! 🙃🤪🤯

I look forward to the day the three of us are once again sitting outside an art gallery on a nice sunny day smoking away! Love and peace brother.
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All this from a wheelchair – one of many reasons why I call Steven Quigley an amazing human! Norbert and I are very fortunate to have met this man. Had it not happened, I may not have made it home to Australia and Norbert would more than likely still be living on the streets.
Thank you for being you brother. It was an incredibly challenging time in my life, and your daily love, support and guidance was amazing. 💙

(Since 2018 Stevo has regularly checked up on me even after not getting replies for months. He has continually helped Norbert sort out his life. You are legend Steven Quigley.....THANK YOU!)

Quick add on: THANK YOU Norbert, you looked out for me day after day, showed your appreciation every time it was possible for you to do so and you were just a great friend to have!

Davo 😁