Spotlight on…Stronger

Jacket image for StrongerWe’re shining our spotlight on STRONGER: Develop the Resilience You Need to Success by Dr. George S. Everly Jr., Dr. Douglas A. Strouse, and Dr. Dennis K. McCormack, a media success for the perspective provided by its unique team of authors (a stress management expert, a skilled entrepreneur, and a Navy SEAL) and its concrete advice for strengthening resilience.

In an article on “How Successful People Beat Stress,” the U.S. News & World Report cited Stronger‘s research on active optimism (and Yahoo! News and Yahoo! Finance soon recirculated the piece):

Banish toxic thoughts. Navy SEALs exemplify exceptional resilience under unusually stressful circumstances. In the book “Stronger: Develop the Resilience You Need to Succeed,” author George S. Everly Jr. and his co-authors drew on decades of research and interviews with Navy SEALs and other highly resilient people and discovered that many of them shared the trait of “active optimism.”

Through and the Good Men Project, Dr. George S. Everly Jr. took on the topic of resilience from a parenting perspective in “Resilience: The Greatest Gift Parents Can Give Their Children”:

Resilience may be thought of as the ability to keep trying in the wake of adversity, the ability to “rebound” after getting knocked down. At times, through no fault of their own, our children will find the challenges of life overwhelming. They will be rejected from elite schools, sports teams, potential employment and even romantic relationships. Will they let rejection and failure dictate their future?

For popular wellness website mindbodygreen, Dr. George S. Everly Jr. wrote about “The 5 Qualities of People Who Live Up To Their Potential”:

Well, in my work as a psychologist over the years, I’ve seen athletes, performers, business leaders, and students all of whom had great potential, but had failed to achieve. And in many instances, their failures to realize the success that their talents promised were due to a single factor: a lack of resilience. wrote about resilience and how it applies to entrepreneurs:

…these experts on the subject of human behavior and resilience outline five key factors of personal resilience, which I believe every aspiring entrepreneur should understand and develop before initiating a startup.

Eric Jacobson on Management posted a full review as well as a separate excerpt from the book that he found particularly worthwhile.

Backed by compelling scientific findings and packed with powerful stories of resilience in action, Stronger teaches you how to gain an edge on making sound decisions under pressure, bounce back from setbacks and layoffs, and motivate peak performance in others as well as yourself.

Skip Prichard of Leadership Insights interviewed Dr. George S. Everly and Dr. Dennis McCormack on the book and had these stellar words for it:

The three authors have such varied experience that, when combined, works magnificently. The result is a powerful book that will help you not only understand resilience but learn how to build it for yourself. reviewed the book as useful for a wide audience:

Stronger is an excellent book for anyone looking for advice on how to strengthen their character to meet the demands of a busy lifestyle.

The Small Business Forum of included the book in its column on “3 Books Small Business Owners Should Read”:

The good news is that the authors believe these factors can be learned by anyone at any age. This is a great read. The authors give you homework, including self-assessments and how-to prescriptions which enable you to think about what you just read and apply it to your own situation.

Congratulations to Stronger and its authors for all of these media appearances and more!

George S. Everly Jr., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. One of the fathers of modern stress management, he has consulted with FEMA, ATF, and the FBI National Academy.

Douglas A. Strouse, Ph.D., is founder and CEO of Global Data Source. He has a doctorate in organizational psychology and is a recognized expert on business resilience.

Dennis K. McCormack, Ph.D., is one of the original Navy SEALs. He pioneered SEAL combat doctrine and tactics in Vietnam, and holds doctoral degrees in leadership and human behavior, and professional psychology.


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