In a recent post, I wrote about how I love to take long walks and listen to podcasts about people overcoming adversity. But, after hearing back from so many of you on how the suggestions helped, I thought I’d also share with you my favorite books on overcoming adversity.
Sometimes you can find solace and wisdom in a book recounting someone else’s life and how they overcame one (or many) of life’s challenges. Here are some of my favorite books that not only provide inspiration, but give you the how-tos, the step-by-steps, and the strengths it takes to overcome adversity.
10 Best Books On Overcoming Adversity
Didn’t See That Coming: Putting Life Back Together When Your World Falls Apart
by Rachel Hollis
This book is being released on September 29th, 2020 and I’m so excited! When it comes to the “hard seasons” of life – the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job – transformation seems impossible when grief and uncertainty dominate your days. But, as Rachel writes, it is up to you how you come through your pain – you can come through changed for the better, having learned and grown, or stuck in place where your identity becomes rooted in what hurt you. This is a small book about big feelings, inspirational, aspirational, and an anchor that shows that darkness can coexist with the beautiful.
Overcoming Adversity: Conquering Life’s Challenges
by Eileen S. Lenson
Bad things happen. Yet, do you know how to keep your life from spiraling out of control when encountering traumatic events that threaten your safety, career, emotions, health, or relationships? Eileen S. Lenson, a life coach and former psychotherapist, shows us tools to turn suffering into hope and develop resilience by combining scientific research with an understanding of our emotional and spiritual lives.
Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Life
by Gary John Bishop
Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. This no BS self-empowerment guide offers an honest, no-nonsense, tough-love approach to help you move past self-imposed limitations. It isn’t other people that are standing in your way; it isn’t even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It’s yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself. Boom! How powerful is that statement?!?
Underdog: True Stories of Overcoming Adversity
by Scott Kujak
Many people love to cheer for the underdog in an event because they want to see the underdog beat the odds. Everyone in life has been told by a doubter that a goal they have would be unattainable. People cherish the underdog who comes out on top. The underdog’s tenacious characteristics are what others strive to obtain. The journeys of 10 remarkable people are shared in this book. They provide the hope and inspiration you need to get through any situation.
Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy The Odds
by David Goggins
David Goggins shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their fullest potential
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.
Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl’s loss to explore how many people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.
Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives.
Heart To Beat: A Cardiac Surgeon’s Inspiring Story Of Success and Overcoming Adversity–The Heart Way
by Brian Lima, M.D.
Success is not reserved for the smartest or most talented–it is earned by those who want it the most. Dr. Brian Lima’s life story is living proof that slow and steady still wins the race, and that the American Dream is alive and well. He persevered through countless challenges growing up in a Cuban immigrant family and defied the odds every step of the way, opting for the road less traveled. In Heart to Beat, Dr. Lima shares the lessons learned throughout his improbable rise to the pinnacle of success in the medical field. He breaks down the keys to advancing well beyond your comfort zone and perceived limitations, regardless of your field of interest. No dream is too far-fetched in his Heart Way approach to life.
The Fifteen Percent: Overcoming Hardships and Achieving Lasting Success
by Terry Giles
Why do some people weather hardships better than others? Using examples from his career and life author, Terry Giles illustrates these ideas in action. In each chapter, you’ll learn valuable skills including fearlessness, embracing underdog status, visualizing the future, positive thinking, all of which prove that you do not have to be a victim of bad circumstances to adopt the superpowers of “the fifteen percent.”
The Obstacle Is The Way:
by Ryan Holiday
So many of us are stuck, stymied, and frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is also a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history. Learn what John D. Rockefeller, Amelia Earhart, Ulysses S. Grant, and Steve Jobs did to turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they also found the astounding triumphs we all seek.
Built To Outlast The Storm: The 12 Points To Turning A Setback Into A Major Come-back
by Jamila T. Davis
This is a must have manual for anyone who is experiencing any kind of life adversity. Author Jamila T. Davis teaches readers how to shift their mindset and do the internal work to discover the divine purpose of obstacles and how to position them to become their stepping stool for success. When you look at your obstacles as part of your divine plan, it somehow makes you realize that you already have what it takes to not only survive but to thrive. You were built to outlast the storm!
Everyone experiences adversity. Adversity can be a gift for making you the best version of yourself or it could be the thing that takes you down. So you choose. Sometimes when going through a difficult season in your life, picking up a good book to give you the inspiration and guidance you need is a good place to start. There is nothing in life which hasn’t been experienced and overcome before. Do you have what it takes to overcome one of life’s challenges? Of course you do!