Unsinkable, by Sonia Ricotti (Hardcover, 2011)|
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Reviewer: Mark Lamendola, author of over 6,000 articles.
I found this book to have good advice on how not to let life's blows defeat
you, and good examples of people doing exactly that. Not all of the advice and
examples resonated with me, but some did and probably those that didn't will
resonate with another reader. Or even be life-changing.
One example that I especially found inspiring begins on page 107. Ms. Ricotti
calls it her Oprah Story (Oprah Winfrey). I've never seen a single episode of
the Oprah Winfrey Show and wouldn't know Ms. Winfrey if we happened to meet in
the grocery line. But I do know of her reputation for promoting literacy
(hurrah!) and specific books.
Ms. Rocotti had committed to a speaking engagement, about a year ahead of
time. But other things happened in her life, and as the time for the speaking
engagement approached she felt a loss of relevancy. She really didn't want to
go. She had negative thoughts about this. Her mental state was what she called
"staring at a closed door." She was interpreting this situation as negative,
instead of looking at it as an opportunity. Not just to do the best possible job
of speaking to those people she had promised to speak to, but to do something
else fruitful in this locale.
The event was in Chicago, which also happens to be Oprah Winfrey's home base.
Small problem: She didn't know anybody in Ms. Winfrey's organization. Her
solution was to do some research online, identify people in the Winfrey
organization, and write to them. She didn't have their e-mail addresses, but
through trial and error figured those out.
What happened was she got a meeting with a producer, and it went exceedingly
well. Her speaking engagement was to a health club, and it turned out he used to
be a personal trainer. He was also a published author, and he made a phone call
on her behalf during the meeting. That led to her getting her first book
It's not a "good luck" story, and it's not a story about being idiotically
optimistic. It's a story about identifying what you want to do, and then making
it happen. A consistent theme throughout this book seems to be a theme I
encounter in my own experiences. You can choose to just give up, or you can
choose to make things work out for you. On that latter choice, you might have
only a partial plan. But if you start doing, you can see what to do next. One
step leads to another.
This book contains many real examples of real people just not giving up. They
didn't have great luck, in fact many had really bad luck. But they didn't let
that stop them. The key, I think, is purposeful persistence.
This book consists of 7 chapters in 169 pages, Conclusion, Epilogue, and
Resources. It also has an appendix that provides the biographies of the people
who contributed their stories of overcoming adversity. The book is also indexed,
and it contains the author's bio.