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Bounce Back: 16 Books on Resilience
When I was freshly reeling from a painful and embarrassing failure, a respected mentor asked to meet up with me in a coffee shop. We chatted for a while and he asked me what I had learned from my struggle. I was so deep in shock and self-pity that I couldn’t think of anything positive to say. He told me I’ve learned thatyou’re resilient. I didn’t feel resilient at the time, but his words helped me to shift my perspective and inner story, and to work toward new goals.
These books compiled here are a variety of books on resilience, picking yourself up after failure, learning from mistakes, and owning your life as it is now. Some of these are titles I certainly could have used when I was going through that tough time- hopefully they will help someone somewhere who needs them.
(Descriptions provided from publishers, book-jackets, covers, etc. Kid-friendly books at the end.)
Stop Doing that Sh*t: End Self-Sabotage and Demand Your Life Back– Gary John Bishop
How to Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong-Elizabeth Day
You’re Going to Survive: True Stories From People Who’ve Endured Soul-Crushing Moments In Their Careers- Failure, Rejection, Disappointment, Public Humiliation- and How They Got Through It- and How You Will Too- Alexandra Franzen
Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness– Rick Hanson
Resilient Grieving: Finding Strength and Embracing Life after a Loss that Changes Everything– Lucy Hone
Supernormal: Childhood Adversity and the Amazing Untold Story of Resilience– Meg Jay
The Art of Failing: Notes From the Underdog– Anthony McGowan
It’s Great to Suck at Something: The Unexpected Joy of Wiping Out and What it Can Teach Us About Patience, Resilience, and the Stuff that Really Matters- Karen Rinaldi
Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held on to Hope, and Found Joy in my Darkest Hour– Amy Robach
The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong- Judith Rodin
The Bounce Back Book: How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity, Setbacks, and Losses– Karen Salmansohn
Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across– Poems by Mary Lambert
Sometimes You Fly- Katherine Applegate & Jennifer Black Reinhardt
Even Superheroes Make Mistakes– Shelly Becker & Eda Kaban
Famous fails! Mighty Mistakes, Mega Mishaps, & How a Mess Can Lead to Success!– Crispin Boyer
Bounce Back: How to Be a Resilient Kid– Wendy L. Moss