Successful Survivors: The 8 Character Traits of Survivors and How You Can Attain Them

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9781578266296: Successful Survivors: The 8 Character Traits of Survivors and How You Can Attain Them

TURN ANY ADVERSITY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Millions of people fail to reach their full potential. Many want to improve their lives, but simply do not know how. They do not understand how to turn their setbacks into opportunities, their failures into life lessons. As a result, they feel “stuck” in unhappy relationships, unfulfilling jobs, and financial debt.

After experiencing so much adversity, it’s tempting to lose all hope of improving your situation. Successful Survivors provides you with the toolset necessary to overcome the obstacles in your life. Pairing proven survival strategies with compelling, relatable stories of other successful survivors, Successful Survivors emphasizes that the only difference between victory and defeat is your ability to apply your full potential to the adversity in your life.

Successful Survivors teaches you:
- The eight key elements to master the challenges of your past
- To find the silver lining in past trauma, gaining strength from adversity
- To discover the life changing components evident in past survivors and how to cultivate these in your personal and professional life

Learn to see adversity as a welcome challenge and an opportunity for personal growth. Don’t get “stuck,” and don’t just survive—become a successful survivor.

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About the Author:

Rhonda Sciortino is an author, motivational speaker and coach for authentic success. She overcame abuse, homelessness, and poverty to become a successful entrepreneur, spokeswoman, and advocate for abused children. She currently serves as the chair for the Successful Survivors Foundation, an organization created to help survivors of adversity to create personal and professional success. Rhonda lives in Southern California with her husband, Nick, near their daughter and her family. Additional information is available at www.rhonda.org.

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Successful Survivors helps survivors of trauma by showing them that it is possible to recover and to thrive following trauma—a message from which we can all benefit.” —Dr. Karen Bergstrom, Executive Director, Safe Families
 
Successful Survivors tells what we foster parents have known all along, that people who have experienced severe adversity can become some of the strongest, most resilient and resourceful people around. Many survivors of abuse have used the character traits within them to create successful lives, and this book will help many more to do the same.” —Irene Clements, Executive Director, National Foster Parent Association
 
“It is my wish for every person who had a rough childhood to let their painful experiences develop in them the characteristics described in this book. If they do that, and if they are honest and hard-working, they can create a good life for themselves.” —Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza and Chancellor, Ave Maria University
 
“Each of us has a cause for which we were created. Along with that cause we have the seeds of the characteristics we’ll need to fulfill our unique cause. Successful Survivors gives practical advice for nurturing, developing, and leveraging those characteristics necessary for success.” —Matthew Barnett, founder of The Dream Center and New York Times bestselling author, The Cause within You
 
“Rhonda captures your heart with her powerful story of surviving against all odds. She has the reader dig deep to mine the nuggets of truth that chases away the darkness and lights your world! No matter how bleak the day, no matter where you are in your journey, you can rise above your circumstances. Powerful...motivating...a must read!” —Wayne Tesch, Co-Founder, Royal Family KIDS
 
Successful Survivors shows us that we have within us the seeds of greatness that, when nurtured, are the characteristics we can use to fulfill our unique purpose.” —Mark Tennant, Founder, ALL IN Family Ministries and Arrow Child & Family Ministries
 
 “Rhonda’s message of not being too broken to be fixed comes through loud and clear in Successful Survivors. Every one of us can mine the lessons out of the adversity we’ve experienced and use those lessons to create our own unique brand of successful living.” —Sandie Morgan, Ph.D., R.N., Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice
 
“Experience as a psychologist and foster parent has shown me that resilience, persistence, determination, and all the other character traits of successful survivors truly do overcome adversity. Not only does Successful Survivors tell of these important traits and how to develop them, but it illustrates the point through true-life examples of successful survivors of adversity.” —Dr. John DeGarmo, leading foster care and parenting expert
 
“Trauma can make people feel isolated, and when trauma involves personal violence, it often leads to feelings of being unwanted and unloved. So the logical solution to the sense of isolation and being unwanted is to be included by people who identify and celebrate the value within. Successful Survivors does exactly that. It shows us through the stories of successful survivors that we have valuable character traits that can connect us to others and be the catalyst for healing broken hearts.” —Amelia Franck Meyer, M.S., M.S.W., A.P.S.W., L.I.S.W., CEO, Alia (www.aliainnovations.org)
 
Successful Survivors embodies the hopeful voice that resonates throughout Rhonda’s courageous life story of overcoming difficult odds. The power of this book is its ability to identify characteristics of greatness that will encourage and equip a generation of survivors to reach their fullest, God-given potential.” —Mark Rodgers, Principal, The Clapham Group
 
“Too many people live lives of quiet desperation, believing that there is no hope for success for them. Yet, within each of us are the gifts we need to succeed in living with meaning and purpose. Successful Survivors blasts the myth that there is no hope, and shows readers how they can turn the adversity they’ve experienced into their greatest advantage and share their strengths with others!” —Derenda Schubert, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Bridge Meadows Executive Director
 
Successful Survivors shifts our focus from the superficial to the substantive—the characteristics that can be honed to create and enjoy a good life.” —Marty Dutch, Assistant Vice President, Philanthropy Services, First Foundation
 
“The stories of people who have used the character traits within them to create successful lives following serious adversity inspires us all to dig deep, identify our untapped potential, and to succeed, not just despite what we’ve been through, but specifically because of having been forced to use those character traits that were in us all along.” —Kim Phagan-Hansel, editor of Fostering Families Today and The Kinship Parenting Toolbox
 
Successful Survivors overflows with hope! Everyone who’s gone through some kind of trauma would benefit from reading this book.” —Connie R. Clendenan, M.S.W., CEO Valley Teen Ranch
 
Successful Survivors says what Royal Family KIDS stands for—the truth that each of us has untapped potential within us. There is value in each of us, and Successful Survivors helps us find it in ourselves and others.” —Christian Carmichael, President, Royal Family KIDS
 
“Young people who have faced adversity are capable of doing amazing things in life. A key component to reaching that level of success is the list of character traits Rhonda breaks down in Successful Survivors.  This is a message that needs to be told in a big way!” —Jordan Bartlett, Director of Good, Doing Good Works
 
“Though hundreds of books have been written by people who come from brokenness, how many of those stories include life lessons to help us reframe the past? How many offer tools to keep us in moving forward? Rhonda is a person I trust to give us direction on how to flip our story to work for us, instead of against us!” —Glenn Garvin, author, A Seed of Hope in Toxic Soil
 
“Rhonda shares her passion and insight born from personal experience about how trials, struggles, and hardships—no matter how bad they were—can forge in us great gifts. These gifts are traits that can be used to walk a pathway to a successful life instead of living a life of defeat and victimhood. She does not say the experiences were good, but what they can end up creating in us are golden. Rhonda is a force of nature, much of whose genesis was born out of horrific circumstances that she has used to help achieve great things.” —Ron L. Storm, M.S., Moody Global Ministries
 
“Every one of us can operate at genius level, and Successful Survivors connects the dots between the trauma we experience and our personal genius that leads to success.” —Scott Henderson, Head Dot Connector, Doing Good Works
 
“Life change happens when our thinking is transformed, and that is the power of Successful Survivors. Rhonda champions people to turn their pain into purpose and live an abundantly successful life.” —Crystal Van Kempen-McClanahan, Ed.D.
 
“Rhonda’s writing is pure and powerful. Her book inspires and encourages us all to embrace our tough beginnings, turn our pain into progress, and then watch our disappointments transform into our destiny. This is a must read for everyone that’s ever heard those crushing words: “You can’t”...because Rhonda Sciortino proves that YOU CAN!” —Brian D. Molitor, Founder, Molitor International
 
“Rhonda Sciortino is a force to be reckoned with. Her ability to communicate the ins and outs of how to be a successful survivor stems from her experience with some of the toughest circumstances anyone could live through. Not only has she gone from survival to success, but she’s showing others how to run after their destiny and to be a successful survivor too.” —Torrian Scott, author of Running After Destiny and Founder, Masters in the Marketplace
 
“Two words appear often in Successful Survivors: ‘value’ and ‘hope’. It is well established in business that all sales situations degenerate to price in the absence of a value interpreter. So it is with people. If they can’t see their value, they rarely don’t have hope. But just inspiring hope isn’t enough if it can’t be sustained—for that, they need to see a pathway out.  Successful Survivors provides that pathway as only Rhonda Sciortino can.” —Robert J. Martin, Vice-Chair, Alliance for HOPE International
 
“I know far too many people who think they are trapped by their childhood experiences. Rhonda’s message in Successful Survivors is perfect for helping them break out of that trap and find success. I cannot wait to give copies of this book to family, friends, and clients.” —Deborah Ausburn, former foster parent and attorney for youth organizations

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