Survive to Thrive

About The Book

About the book

Survive to Thrive – 27 Practices of Resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators, And Leaders (June, Motivational Press, 2015).

Although many ideas never make it off the page and most new ventures fail, we tend to hear about people when they are successful, not when they are struggling. This creates a distorted perception of how people succeed.

Serial entrepreneur and thought leader Faisal Hoque and journalist Lydia Dishman have examined the stories of a variety of leaders who faced ill health, professional setbacks, emotional loss, and a host of other life-changing events, in order to illustrate how each achieved personal transformation and success by mining their own resilience.

Resilience is the universal human capacity to face, overcome, and even be strengthened by experiences of adversity. The book is divided into three sections, each of which are key concepts in the development of one’s own ability to bend, and not break, in the face of a personal or professional setback.

  • The individual stories examine the essential tools needed to overcome obstacles and seize upon an opportunity.
  • They incorporate practical applications for reframing your reaction to setbacks.
  • They help guide you through a process that can redefine fear as a simple signal that something isn’t working.

This book offers powerful approaches to diffuse strong emotion in the moment of crisis, and opens up opportunities for re-examining your personal definition of success. The book illuminates how anyone can attain the resilience that’s required to repeatedly push forward in the face of conflict.

The authors do not endorse or denounce any specific individual, company, product or service that may be referenced in the stories.

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Profiled Stories

”Ultimately, we hope that, like the individuals profiled here, you will come to understand that success comes in a full menu of flavors, most of which have nothing to do with money. Rather, success is a fluid thing that requires a person to be just as flexible and tough as a sapling. It may bend, but does not break when the storms come. It makes use of the rain and wind to continue to grow stronger.” — From the Introduction

Resilience is an attitude; it is a belief that you can conquer anything. It’s the ability to go from days to weeks to months to years to reach your destination, defining and re-defining your personal goals along the way. At times, it also means using adversity to find opportunities that lead to true destiny. But it’s not easy to do this alone. This book will introduce you to some remarkable people whose stories are meant to inspire and empower you to develop your own endurance to weather storms and enable you to reach your goals. Along with authors’ own life lessons, the book highlights stories from:

Brad Feld –  Managing director at Foundry Group in Boulder, Colorado. Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars.

Julie Wainwright – Founder of TheRealReal, technology industry veteran, e-commerce pioneer, and brand management expert whose career spans more than 25 years.

Kamal Ravikant – Serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and author of several books including Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It.

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About The Authors

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Faisal Hoque is the founder of  SHADOKA and other companies. Shadoka enables entrepreneurship, growth, and social impact. Author of several books, including “Everything Connects – How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability” (McGraw Hill, Spring 2014) and “Survive to Thrive – 27 Practices of Resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators, And Leaders” (Motivational Press, 2015). Formerly with GE and other global brands, he regularly contributes to Fast Company, Business Insider, and Huffington Post. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Mergers & Acquisitions, Forbes, and Leadership Excellence among other publications. American Management Association (AMA) named him one of the Leaders to Watch in 2015. The editors of Ziff-Davis Enterprise named him one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Technology alongside leading entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Larry Page, and others. Trust Across America-Trust Around the World (TAA-TWA) named him one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders alongside global leaders such as Bill George, Tony Hsieh, Doug Conant, Howard Schultz, and others.

Faisal Hoque is a frequent public speaker at entrepreneurship conferences, innovation forums, business schools, and leadership summits. His talks are focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, leadership, mindfulness, and social impact. See highlighted speaking engagements on Faisal’s website.

Download Faisal’s speaker sheet here.

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Lydia Dishman learned about the power of resilience from an early age. As an infant, she spent months in the foster care system in New York City before being adopted by a large, loving Italian family in the Bronx. She credits their stability and support as the foundation from which she was able to build a life of opportunity.

Lydia has enjoyed a long career as an independent journalist, contributing to both print and online publications for the past 15 years. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Fast Company, CBS Moneywatch, Entrepreneur Magazine, Popular Science, Forbes, The Guardian, Slate, and the New York Times’ T Magazine, among others.

Follow her @LydiaBreakfast.

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