The Resiliency Effect

How to Own Your Adversity to Act on Your Biggest Dreams

Non-Fiction - Motivational
203 Pages
Reviewed on 01/02/2021
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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

The Resiliency Effect: How to Own Your Adversity to Act on Your Biggest Dreams by Cady North is a non-fiction self-help and motivational guide to assist in channeling negative experiences into personal and professional success stories. North begins with a glimpse of the trauma in her own life as she describes the loss and hardship that haunted her through to adulthood. Having laid the foundation of who she is and where she's come from, she gives us three distinct but interconnected parts: How to go from surviving to thriving, Success catalysts, and Launching your big dreams. From within this framework North details in the four chapters of each part how to do a complete 180 turn and get back on track to where you have always wanted to be.

I was able to connect immediately with Cady North based on bits of her history, which are courageously shared in The Resilience Effect. There's an authenticity that comes with owning the trauma, and it allowed me to begin coming to terms with my own. Two sections stood out to me in particular. The first was in part one as it deals with Imposter Syndrome, a condition where someone doesn't believe they really are good enough for the position they are in and are afraid of being called out as an imposter. I honestly didn't even know this was a thing and had an incredible “ah-ha” moment as I looked back on my life. The second was on taking a sabbatical, where North's courage rises again as she quits her job to focus on her own wellness. Many of us had this imposed on us to a certain degree as part of the COVID-19 pandemic, but my wife has been trying to get me to do a six-month trip around the world for years, and frankly, I'm afraid to. With the right tools, it very well may be possible. From a literary perspective, North is an excellent writer with solid advice and a plan of action, both of which will undoubtedly get readers to rethink what they once believed to be the impossible.

Marie-Hélène Fasquel

The Resiliency Effect: How to Own Your Adversity to Act on Your Biggest Dreams by Cady North is a motivational non-fiction book designed to help you become more resilient through sharing real-life experiences and people’s stories. The author is dedicated to helping you become successful while overcoming and even embracing resilient hardships, trauma - in short, adversity. Cady North indeed draws on the fields of life coaching, financial planning, and psychology, all complementing each other.

The Resiliency Effect by Cady North is not just one more self-development book. On the contrary, it is not a book on resiliency alone but on the resiliency effect, and the shade of difference is all the more impressive. Cady North not only wants us to grow more resilient but, to top it all, to enjoy success through mastering adversity and emerging stronger! She has designed this book to help us in our quest for a better life, success, and reaching our goals.

The book is conveniently made up of three different parts: what can hold you back (part 1) including the imposter syndrome (well-known to writers) and the infamous burnout; success catalysts (part 2) among which is the need to change your mindset and to let go of perfection; and the launching of your big dreams (part 3). I loved this beautifully written book and the kindly stance of the author. I also enjoyed reading about her experiences, her hardships, and how she coped with them. The whole book including the amazing conclusion is engaging and powerful. Thank you, Cady, for this book and the numerous references (biography and websites).

Joe Wisinski

The Resiliency Effect: How to Own Your Adversity to Act on Your Biggest Dreams by Cady North is a combination of a self-help and an inspirational book. It’s for those who may have life or career goals, but are unsure of how to start reaching them. North’s book is also addressed to those who have reached their goals but now find they’re burned out or their life remains unfulfilling. Among many other topics, North examines “imposter syndrome,” which is when a person feels unworthy of what he or she has accomplished. She also examines how previous traumas affect us today. North also delves into what she calls “success catalysts,” which are items that are necessary to start making changes in our lives. The last section addresses specific goals people may want to reach, such as starting a business or retiring early, and how to reach those aspirations.

Anyone looking to change their lives would find Cady North’s The Resiliency Effect valuable. Unlike some self-help books, it’s well-researched; it’s not just the author’s opinions. It includes footnotes and an extensive appendix. There are also numerous examples of people who put North’s principles into action. A key section addresses Adult Childhood Experiences. Many people will identify with North’s ACEs. She shares her life openly, even detailing painful memories. Most people will not have experienced as many ACEs as North, but it’s inspiring to read about someone who overcame many personal obstacles and succeeded. She provides many practical ways for her readers to do the same. I’d recommend North’s book for anyone looking for practical and well-researched ideas on bettering their lives.