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We’re now living and operating in a very different world than the one that existed just a few months ago. No one really knows what’s coming around the next corner, we’re all operating on uneven footing. Still, we still need to drive progress, and ensure sustainability. The messages and learnings in Survive to Thrive couldn’t be more relevant today.  You may find nuggets of wisdom in it.

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About The Authors



Faisal Hoque is the founder of  SHADOKA and other companies. Shadoka enables entrepreneurship, growth, and social impact. Author of several books, including “Everything Connects – How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability” (McGraw Hill) and “Survive to Thrive – 27 Practices of Resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators, And Leaders” (Motivational Press).


Formerly with GE and other global brands, he regularly contributes to Fast CompanyBusiness Insider, and Huffington Post. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Mergers & Acquisitions, Forbes, and Leadership Excellence among other publications. American Management Association (AMA) named him one of the Leaders to Watch in 2015. The editors of Ziff-Davis Enterprise named him one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Technology alongside leading entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Larry Page, and others. Trust Across America-Trust Around the World (TAA-TWA) named him one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders alongside global leaders such as Bill George, Tony Hsieh, Doug Conant, Howard Schultz, and others.

Faisal Hoque is a frequent public speaker at entrepreneurship conferences, innovation forums, business schools, and leadership summits. His talks are focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, leadership, mindfulness, and social impact. See highlighted speaking engagements on Faisal’s website.

Download Faisal’s speaker sheet here.

Follow him @faisal_hoque or visit faisalhoque.com.



Lydia Dishman learned about the power of resilience from an early age. As an infant, she spent months in the foster care system in New York City before being adopted by a large, loving Italian family in the Bronx. She credits their stability and support as the foundation from which she was able to build a life of opportunity.


Lydia has enjoyed a long career as an independent journalist, contributing to both print and online publications for the past 15 years. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Fast Company, CBS Moneywatch, Entrepreneur Magazine, Popular Science, Forbes, The Guardian, Slate, and the New York Times’ T Magazine, among others.


Follow her @LydiaBreakfast.


This book offers powerful approaches to diffuse strong emotion in the moment of crisis, and opens up opportunities for re-examining your personal definition of success. The book illuminates how anyone can attain the resilience that’s required to repeatedly push forward in the face of conflict. The authors do not endorse or denounce any specific individual, company, product or service that may be referenced in the stories.

About The Book

Serial entrepreneur and thought leader Faisal Hoque and journalist Lydia Dishman have examined the stories of a variety of leaders who faced ill health, professional setbacks, emotional loss, and a host of other life-changing events, in order to illustrate how each achieved personal transformation and success by mining their own resilience.

Resilience is the universal human capacity to face, overcome, and even be strengthened by experiences of adversity. The book is divided into three sections, each of which are key concepts in the development of one’s own ability to bend, and not break, in the face of a personal or professional setback.

  • The individual stories examine the essential tools needed to overcome obstacles and seize upon an opportunity.

  • They incorporate practical applications for reframing your reaction to setbacks.

  • They help guide you through a process that can redefine fear as a simple signal that something isn’t working.



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