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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.