Book Review: Building Resilience

Book Title: Building Resilience – The 7 Steps to Creating Highly Successful Lives

Authors: Les Duggan and Mark Solomons

Publisher: Developing Potential Group

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

I was lucky to win this book from the #asclbookshelf competition.

What is the book about?

The book is written as a self help style handbook for teachers and parents. It sets out in detail a 7 step process for building resilience.

Throughout the steps there are examples of famous people who have shown resilience including: Darren Campbell, Walt Disney, Susan Boyle, James Cordon, Amy Tan, Steve Jobs, JK Rowling, Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Roger Federer, Team GB and Apollo13.

I did like one of the opening paragraphs in the book, that stated it was based on business and leadership experience:

Through a combination of business and leadership experience, we have found effective and easy to implement solutions, for teachers and others who are dedicated to help children create a stronger and healthier mindset and make more of their unique talents.

What did I think of the book?

I found it repetitive, I think it is useful to reference back to embed learning, but it felt like I was reading the same thing several times.

It is easy to read and gives practical examples. There are lots of activities and questions prompts.

This book would be a useful resource for teachers, tutors, teaching assistants, etc; from it you could design a set of lessons, group activities or worksheets to use with students. The concepts are easily understood and usable.

The case studies of famous people are ones that are widely known. I would love to have read examples where the theory had been successful in building resilience of young people.

The following statements made in the book made me think about the generalist SBM role and its effectiveness; the first statement is about natural strengths and talents; and the second is about focus…

“Everyone has natural strengths and talents that are easier to develop and it is more effective to spend time and effort on them, as it will build a sense of achievement.”

“Single focus of champions – In our work with elite athletes and Olympians, we have come to recognise the power of single focus. Many people will say that they can multitask and do many things at the same time. Our experience, both physically and mentally, and the research of others, has demonstrated that every additional area that a person focuses their attention on, reduces their efficiency and accuracy. This should be obvious, as you are sharing your capability and capacity across multiple tasks.”

If you have any opinions on these statements and whether it is right in the case of generalist SBMs please share them in the comments below.

Overall I found this book interesting, but I don’t think it is one that I will regularly use. It’s a good one to pass on to a teaching colleague.

#HappyReading #BeTheChange

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