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The Adversity Advantage

Dec 29, 2021

For this last week of 2021 (12/27-12/31) we have something special for you. Each day we will re-release one of the top 5 most popular episodes of the past year. We will resume our regular schedule with a new episode on 1/3/2021. Have a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!

Best of 2021 #3: Holocaust Survivor Dr. Edith Eger on Finding Faith, Forgiveness, Hope and Freedom (Originally released 2/15/21)


Viktor Frankl states “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” 


Unfortunate events, trials and hardships will always come. But what defines us isn’t the situation itself, it’s our response. Control what you can, focus your energy on the positive and have faith that things will get better. While this approach won’t guarantee you success, the alternative certainly will push you further away from it. My guest today is a survivor of one of the most horrific, challenging and dark times the world has ever seen: the Holocaust. As a teenager, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz, one of the most horrendous concentration camps of that time. Dr. Edith Eger who is 93 years old, joins me on the show today. She is a highly sought after psychologist, author and keynote speaker. Edie, as her friends affectionately call her, obtained her doctorate in psychology and learned to use her imprisonment at Auschwitz as a powerful analogy for the prisons we create in our own minds. Her mission is now to inspire others to discard their limitations and find renewal and freedom within themselves. After becoming a New York Times Bestselling Author with her memoir, "The Choice," Dr. Eger wrote a hands-on guide to overcoming trauma called "The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life." It was released last fall. 


Topics discussed:


  • How Dr. Edith’s faith in God evolved through the years and even during those hard times.
  • Advice for someone who's in the moments of feeling spiritually lost, and they just don't know what to believe in
  • How to be able to redefine who you were as a person, despite your past
  • How going back to Auschwitz helped Dr. Edith to move through that dark time in her life.
  • Mom of Dr. Edith’s last words and how it helped her navigate through all the horrible experiences and turned them into something positive
  • Dr. Edith’s advice for the people as a society to come together and display a sense of unity
  • Things that Dr. Edith regrets 
  • Dr. Edith’s opinion about the word “rejection”
  • Dr. Edith talks about forgiveness
  • The difference between belief and faith


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