What do you do when the rug gets pulled from your life in a way you could have never prepared for? As a leader, you have many people who are dependent on you, both personally and professionally. But what happens when you encounter a collision of life events which leaves you feeling as if you’ve got few options and nothing left to give?

Learn how to dig deep to create the energy, commitment, support and drive to move forward amidst overwhelming circumstances. Learn how to prioritize what is truly important while building positive, forwarding practices that lead you to better thinking and results.

Practices in the Book:

Take One Small Action and Write Down the Win (pg. 46)

Goal Setting (pg. 49)

When Catastrophe Happens Tips (pg. 56)

Leaders Featured in the Book:

Rhoda Olsen, CEO of Great Clips, Inc. (pg. 48)

Amy Ronneberg, President of Be the Match (pg. 53)

Roz Alford, co-founder of ASAP Solutions Group, Managing Director at Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) (pg. 58)


 “I Got 99 Problems, Palsy is Just One” -Maysoon Zayid TED talk (video)

“How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over” -Mel Robbins (video)

“The Lessons Most People Learn Too Late in Life” -Ayodeji Awosika

“Start Small, Start Now” -Seth Godin

“Kindness Calendar” -Action For Happiness

“Affirmations That Make Life Work” (photo)

“The Drip” -Seth Godin


“It ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” -Sylvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa in the 1976 film Rocky

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation upon which I rebuilt my life.” -J.K. Rowling, best-selling author of the Harry Potter series

Ali StieglbauerChapter 4: Conquering Catastrophe