Maybe you’re wondering:

What is this Building Resilience newsletter all about and why is that ivy growing through that yellow and purple wall? Shouldn’t someone call a landscaper?

What the hell is resilience anyway? And what’s it got to do with a plant?

Is this newsletter going to be fun? It better be fun. And funny. If I get one more boring email crowding my inbox I’m going to—Isn’t anyone going to do anything about that ivy?


The ivy is cool. You can cut it back and it bounces back. You can rip out the root, and it still manages to return, thicker, fuller, greener than before. Go ahead. Call a landscaper. The ivy will have the last laugh. Why? Because ivy is one of Mother Nature’s most resilient creations. Ever heard this expression?

Fall down seven times, get up eight

Well, that’s ivy.

And it’s going to be you when you hang out with me.

Together, we’re going to build resilience.

Remember the 97-pound weakling ads for Charles Atlas? The ones that promised to develop muscles on the skinniest of souls? To turn a string bean into a beast?

We’re not doing that.

We’re going to build your resilience muscle.

Unlike other muscles, the resilience muscle will never get soft and flabby (like the bat wings that have usurped the spot where my triceps used to be). Why? Because once we learn how to bounce back – and yes, bounce forward – from life’s trials, we become like ivy. What we’ve learned stays stored in our brain, where we can call upon it anytime we need to.

Now maybe you’re wondering:

So what do I get if I subscribe, and what’s it going to cost me?

The short answer is a lot, and nothing.

Once a week, on Saturday, you get the latest edition of the Building Resilience newsletter delivered directly into your inbox. It will always be humorous, compelling, and filled with tips you can put into practice pronto. This is sort of my Satisfaction Guarantee. And if you’re not satisfied, you can always unsubscribe. I promise to still love you.

But wait, there’s more!

At some point, soon-ish, I plan to publish my new book, Bounce: A Memoir of Resilience, as part of the Building Resilience newsletter. You know you don’t want to miss that.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey toward resilience.

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