How to Rebound from Adversity

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Pearson Education, Feb 1, 2010 - Business & Economics - 10 pages

Glenn Mangurian is living proof that coming to grips with a devastating event can make a person stronger. Paradoxically, weathering a serious challenge can make you feel more secure, not less, and better able to navigate future setbacks, writes inspirational speaker and management consultant Glenn Mangurian. He draws on decades of experience in helping business leaders achieve extraordinary performance improvements as well as his own galvanizing battle to rebuild his life after a spinal cord injury left him paralyzed.

My life as I knew it ended on May 26, 2001. With no warning, one of my spinal discs ruptured. Despite two surgeries and months of rehabilitation, I was paralyzed from the waist down and permanently confined to a wheelchair. I was 52.

Only a day earlier, I had been a happy, healthy, successful man in full charge of my life and career. The next day, I was a paraplegic in almost unbearable pain, stunned at my fate, enraged at my helplessness. I was scared to death.

What next?

If you’re still reading these words, here’s a promise: no self-pity. None. Zero. Nothing I say now or later means that I feel sorry for myself. At first, yes, but not for the past eight years. This is a celebration, not a lament. My story is all about rebounding, surviving a blow, recovering from adversity, spring (or in my case rolling) back into action.


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Glenn Mangurian is a respected business leader with a 35-year track record as a consultant, coach, and inspirational speaker. His motivational presentations draw on his quest to overcome the limitations of his paralysis. He is the author of the popular Harvard Business Review article “Realizing What You’re Made Of.”

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