left Xtraordinary Living At Its Best: Podcast Episode #23 - Turning Adversity Into Opportunity

Friday, January 19, 2007

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Podcast Episode #23 - Turning Adversity Into Opportunity

Episode #23 of the Xtraordinary Living podcast is out. The topic is Turning Adversity Into Opportunity. In this episode I have the privilege of interviewing Dr. Edie Eger. Dr. Edie’s own triumphant journey from adversity to opportunity began when she was just 16 years old in one of the darkest places imaginable – the Auschwitz death camp camp in Nazi Germany. Her parents lost their lives there, but she and her sister survived.

When the allies liberated Austria in 1945, young Edith, just 40 pounds, was found by an American soldier in a pile of corpses. The soldier noticed that her hand moved slightly and realized that she was still alive. From this darkest of adversities, Dr. Edie has gone on to create a joyous, fruitful life. Today Dr. Edie tours the world as a keynote speaker and lecturer -- inspiring audiences to take control of their own destinies. She has appeared on numerous television programs including Oprah Winfrey. She resides in La Jolla where she has a clinical practice.

It was both an honor and a privilege to speak with Dr. Edie. Her insights and down-to-earth communication style was both refreshing and inspirational. During this episode you might shed a tear in one moment, and laugh in the next, but whatever emotions flow through you – consider them special gifts from an exceptional woman.

In this 23rd episode you will hear:
-- What Dr. Edie’s mother told her as she was separated from her at Auschwitz
-- How contrary to public belief, there are no victims in this world, only willing participants
-- Why temptation serves to teach us about freedom of choice
-- How everyone has the ability to change at any time; we have the power to choose how we will respond at any moment in time
-- What Victor Frankel said to her during a dance together
-- Why there are no punishments in life, just consequences
-- How the words “risk” and “willing” help us “evolve” not just “revolve”
-- Action steps to incorporate if you are in a “stuck” mode
-- And much more!
As you listen to Dr. Edie talk about her experiences, you will gain a rich respect and understanding of adversity. Someone once said, “The one who prepares for adversity, builds not a bridge of retreat, but one upon which adversity advances into opportunity.” Enjoy!

If you would like to find out more about Edith “Dr. Edie” Eva Eger, PhD, click here: Dr.Edie.com

After you listen to Dr.Edie's interview, post your thoughts below. Also, you can leave your feedback by phone. Simply call 206-337-0637 and record your comments and tell us what you think. I will be sure to pass along all comments to Dr.Edie. I'm sure she would really enjoy reading or listening to them

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Mark McQuaid said...

That was a deeply inspiring podcast, Rick. Dr. Edie speaks so eloquently about overcoming adversity. This was my first podcast and I'm already a fan. I am looking forward to listening to more of these!

Mary Anne Dijak said...

This is the first podcast I have listened to. It was very inspiring and of course was perfect for me to listen to. Dr. Edie has given me a lot to think about and to work on in my own journey. Thank you Dr. Edie, Rick and Phil for suggesting I listen.

Genie Dee said...

This was a very moving talk. Dr. Edie reminded me of so many positive messages I have received through PL&L and other places about the power of choice. I will take her comments to heart as I reflect on the choices open to me at this time in my life.

Thank you, Dr. Edie and Rick!

elegantimagesfoto said...

I really appreciate what Dr Edie has to say. I've learned many of these lessons over the years and believe her comments to be totally on target.
We must accept complete responsibility for our own lives and happiness; and all this grows out of our attitude. Making this choice is freeing. These lessons sound simple but are very profound when implemented. I do think a good therapist makes the transition much more approachable.