Bounce Forward: Book Review & Giveaway


Sam Cawthorn
Bounce Forward: How to Transform Crisis into Success
John Wiley & Sons, Australia, 2013.
Authors Website Sam Cawthorn 
You can purchase a copy here (but don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win your own copy)
Book Review by Eva Lewis
Whether in our work or personal life, we all face a crisis or two. Sam Cawthorn sure did face a huge crisis when he was involved in a major car accident where he was pronounced dead for over three minutes, but defied the odds and survived. Sam was faced with the amputation of his right arm and severe damage to his right leg, which he was never able to straighten again.

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.

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
-Henry David Thoreau
I am so excited to be able to GIVE AWAY TWO of these books!

To enter, answer the following question in the blog post comments:


“What are you passionate about and how do you want to make a difference?”

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1. This competition is open from now until 1st November 2013 5pm Australian EST
2. The winner will be announced on this blog, Facebook and Twitter and I will contact you via email. You will have 3 days to respond, otherwise the prize will be redrawn.
3. The prize is not transferable, changeable or redeemable for cash
4. The prize will not be replaced in the event that it is stolen, lost or damaged in transit
5. I accept no responsibility for prizes sent.
6. This competition is open to Australian Residents only.
7. This giveaway is not associated, sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.
8. This giveaway is based on a game of skill and the best response will be selected as the winner.

Disclosure

The Multitasking Mummy received this product for the specific purpose of providing an honest review. No financial compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

THE WINNERS OF THIS GIVEAWAY ARE:

Becc from Take Charge Becc and Emily from Have a Laugh on Me.

Today I’m linking up with Jess for #IBOT

Terms & Conditions 

1. This competition is open from now until 3rd October 2013 5pm Australian EST
2. The winner will be announced on this blog, Facebook and Twitter and I will contact you via email. You will have 3 days to respond, otherwise the prize will be redrawn.
3. The prize is not transferable, changeable or redeemable for cash
4. The prize will not be replaced in the event that it is stolen, lost or damaged in transit
5. I accept no responsibility for prizes sent. 
6. This competition is open to Australian residents only
7. This giveaway is not associated, sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.
8. This giveaway is based on a game of skill and the winning comment selected will be based on creativity.
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The Multitasking Mummy received these products for the specific purpose of providing an honest review. No financial compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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21 Comments

  1. October 22, 2013 / 8:12 am

    I’m passionate about using whatever abilities I have to the very best I can muster whatever that is and achieving a balanced life.

    Hopefully, eventually, some of what I have to say in my Blogs will be a gateway for me to pursue a writing and speaking career where I can share stories and experiences that will entertain, educate and inspire.

  2. October 22, 2013 / 9:40 am

    I am passionate bout healthy eating , cooking healthy meals and snacks for kids at home rather than buying it from supermarket all the time..I want to make a difference by making people aware of the benefits of less processed food on our body.

  3. October 23, 2013 / 4:10 am

    As I know you have read my latest post, I can only say that I do not know what I am passionate about (with the exception of my family) and this is why I NEED this book. I would like to turn my current situation into sensational and I just need a bit of help along the way.
    Sometimes I feel the sickness has taken the passion out of life, so I need to reboot, rethink and re-energise. I need to get back in the game.
    With that said, I think my blog has given rise to some things that I can be passionate about, in fact I would say there is passion behind my fight from sickness to sensational. Maybe the passion hasn’t faded completely.

  4. October 23, 2013 / 10:48 pm

    What an inspiring story!!!

    I love the idea of ‘bouncing forward!’

  5. October 24, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    This sounds like a really inspiring book. I have many passions – my family, blogging, photography and so much more. I’m lucky to be combining all of those things into my work at home career now. I feel very fortunate. As to what I hope to achieve? A creative outlet for me so I can be a calm and present parent and hopefully help and connect with other Mums along the way.

  6. October 24, 2013 / 8:56 pm

    This sounds like a great read.
    I’d love to get children exploring more nature and wildlife. I really believe it’s important for children to be familiar with their earth if we are going to connect to it and save it. That’s my passion!

  7. October 24, 2013 / 9:16 pm

    I am passionate about WORDS. Books, reading, the history of words, language patterns, similarities and differences. NERD ALERT!

    Great review, thanks for sharing! Good luck to everyone.

  8. October 25, 2013 / 2:40 am

    That’s a great life philosophy. The book sounds really interesting, I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

    I’d have to say my passions are equally reading and photography. I don’t think I could get by if I couldn’t do either of those.

    #teamIBOT was here!

  9. October 25, 2013 / 3:00 am

    What a great review! I am passionate about words and creating beautiful children, though I am not sure I spend nearly enough time on either. I want to make a difference about the way that people feel about themselves.

  10. October 25, 2013 / 6:31 am

    He sounds like a pretty incredible human being.

    I’m passionate about God, and totally believe that he is the only one that makes any lasting difference. 🙂

  11. October 26, 2013 / 9:58 am

    My passion is developing self esteem , in myself, my family, friends and those who’s lives intertwine in mine be that at school or wherever. Its about filling others buckets and consequently filling your own through raising up others.

  12. October 26, 2013 / 10:01 am

    I am passionate about encouraging self esteem in myself, my family, friends and those who’s lives in twine in mine somehow. Filling the ‘buckets’ of others is the best way to fill your own.And, we all need full buckets 🙂

  13. October 27, 2013 / 12:18 am

    What – how awesome, thanks for the snapshot of the book.

    I am passionate about try to discover myself after leaving work near the top of my game to have three children, I still work from home, but most people can’t understand how hard it is, particularly my husband, who I know deep down and not so deep down doesn’t think because I’m not out there ‘at’ work that I don’t work hard. I’m passionate about try to rediscovering me, so I can be happier, and be the mum I want for my kids, there has to be more out there for me – and I need to take the power back and not rely on others to make me happy. (bit of a rant really sorry)

  14. October 27, 2013 / 9:43 am

    I am passionate about living sustainably, and minimising consumption and waste. I want to make a difference by doing this so well that I inspire others to do the same.

  15. October 28, 2013 / 10:22 pm

    I am passionate about being the person that I want my daughter to grow up to be.

    • October 30, 2013 / 2:35 am

      Your philosophy is perfection, kirby. x

  16. October 30, 2013 / 2:35 am

    I hope to never have to reach such crisis to keep all of this top of mind. These are the kinds of questions we should ask ourselves daily as we ‘bounce forward’ in life. x

  17. October 30, 2013 / 2:35 am

    I love kirby’s philosophy… that’s gold. x

  18. Haley May
    October 30, 2013 / 3:22 am

    Sounds like a great read.
    I have many passions – reading, music, cooking to name a few, but having recently become a SAHM I would have to say my main passion is family. Making sure I not only teach my kids positive lessons in life, but lead by example as well. Also taking time out to appreciate the little things and be grateful for those special moments I get to share with my loved ones.

  19. October 31, 2013 / 10:07 am

    I’m passionate about health and a happy mind.
    If you’re like that around people it passes on – I find. Building motivation between everyone. It’s rewarding and fun!

  20. October 31, 2013 / 10:19 pm

    I’m passionate about equality. I am constantly trying to get people to stop and question their assumptions. I would like to take it further eventually and write books or spend more time on my blog.