Bounce Forward: How to Transform Crisis into Success
John Wiley & Sons, Australia, 2013.
Authors Website Sam Cawthorn
From this crisis, Sam, a family man from Tasmania who grew up on a farm, came to write his book Bounce Forward: How to Transform Crisis into Success. I was truly inspired that an everyday Aussie went through such adversity to share his valuable knowledge and insight. Not only did Sam author this book, he also works with big brands such as Google, Exxon Mobil and Toyota to help transform impossibilities into possible realities. In addition to being a Dad and Husband, Sam is a global keynote speaker, a businessman, and philanthropist – a huge bounce forward from his life before his accident.
To me, this book made so much sense and I loved how Sam explained how to use the four key principles for bouncing forward:
1. Crisis Creates Opportunity
2. Proximity is Power
3. Leverage Positivity to Fuel Success
4. Bounce Forward not Back
This book has helped me to look at things with a different perspective, Sam has given me great examples of how successful people have bolstered relationships to succeed, and has taught me ways to assess my life in order to determine what it is that really matters.
For me, having Post Natal Depression has been my crisis and in many ways I have started to bounce forward into a completely different life that I never thought I would lead. I didn’t realise I had started to ‘bounce forward’ until I read this book.
For me it was always career, career, career. I started my own business last year and tried juggling everything – being a Mum, being a business owner, being a wife, being a blogger. When I was diagnosed with PND and General Depression, I knew this had to change, my crisis was my opportunity staring me in the face, a chance to look at my situation and figure out what was really important. I closed my business and became a Stay at Home Mum, putting my career mind behind me.
Sam talks about ‘connecting to your why’ and shifting your life’s meaning from nightmare to blessing. To me, my life was no longer about having a career, a sense of accomplishment in a job and earning more money, it wasn’t about living in a big modern house either. Was I passionate? No. Was I productive? No. Was I making a difference? Not to my family, no. But once I connected to my ‘why’, realising that it’s all about my family, that’s when it was easy to make the decisions – moving to one income, moving to a smaller house, staying at home and trying to rid myself of the stress & anxiety. This decision gave me clarity and also opened the opportunity to properly focus on my love of blogging. This book has made me realise a lot more about myself and my decisions. And by no means has my PND gone, I’m still working on it, but this book has given me many tools and examples in how I can continue to bounce forward by changing my mindset and improving my confidence and outlook on life.
A great example Sam used in his book (I loved his examples and research) was that of Al Gore. Al Gore ran for US President against George W. Bush in 2000, but then a crisis hit and the election ended up being one of the most controversial in recent history. Although Gore won the popular vote by some 500000 votes, he lost the Electoral College when the US Supreme Court stepped in over the Florida vote recount and ruled 5-4 in favour of Bush. Gore had failed to achieve his goal. How devastating. But, Gore used this crisis as an opportunity. His loss in the presidential campaign forced him to connect to his real passion and fascination with Environmental Issues; he reconnected with his ‘why’ and went on to create the ‘game-changing’ documentary An Inconvenient Truth. This is how I know Al Gore, as the man behind the global warning awareness. I know I won’t be an Al Gore, but it is a great way to look at connecting with your why in the face of a crisis.
Whether you’re dealing with a crisis, looking for a new outlook on life or want to boost your motivation and productivity, I would highly recommend reading this book. Like me, you will experience those light bulb moments and the feeling of wanting to put things into action straight away. It’s a truly motivational and inspiring read.
-Henry David Thoreau
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