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Chapter Two How Resilient Are You?

My thirty years of self-funded research to understand highly resilient survivors once got me a free lunch. The invitation came from Carol Angel, a certified public accountant (CPA) who specialized in small businesses. Carol said she had attended a leadership workshop I conducted for her state CPA society a few years before on the nature of life’s best survivors. “This lunch is my way of thanking you,” she said, “for making my business so successful.”

“Thank you,” I said, “but how did I do that?”

She explained. “After hearing you speak I decided I would only accept clients who matched your description of the survivor personality. Whenever someone with a small business asks me to become their accountant, I ...

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