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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-5255-8425-1
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 72 pages
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    • 978-1-5255-8424-4
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 72 pages
  • Keywords
    • Taekwondo champion,
    • Trucking business,
    • Triumph adversity,
    • Edmonton Alberta,
    • Amputee athlete,
    • Family support,
    • Success coach

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The Gift of Adversity
Stories and Strategies to Turn Trials into Triumphs
by Lisa Standeven

The Gift of Adversity is a collection of stories and strategies from a life lived through challenge. It began as a means of healing after the workplace accident that claimed Lisa Standeven’s dominant hand, making her an amputee. Confronting physical and emotional damage was only the beginning of Lisa’s journey. The more she healed, the more she grew, setting new goals and reaching new heights. This is an account of her journey. Although the stories are unique to Lisa, the emotions and challenges are common to every human experience. The recalling and recounting of life’s failures and setbacks brings to light many valuable lessons. This is a book of hope, and includes tangible tool —proven to turn trials into triumphs—that you can use every day. The message is this: you have everything you need to succeed. Have the courage to embrace your true self and shine your unique light in the world. Every challenge and adversity brings gifts of learning, humility, and inspiration. No one does it alone; build a winning team with people who lift you up and support your goals and dreams. And remember, no summit marks the end of your growth. The journey continues. Enjoy each moment. Have faith.

For years, Lisa Standeven has worked with business leaders of all kinds, helping them to achieve their potential and overcome both real and fear-based limitations in times of crisis. Now, for the first time, Lisa shares the story of the incident that altered her life and allowed her to rise out of mediocrity and into a world of inspired energy and drive. With her genuine and down-to-earth nature and signature sense of humour, Lisa treats readers to real talk about the burden of adversity and the opportunities that it can provide. Recovering from trauma, raising a family, thriving in her chosen career and becoming a four-time world para-taekwondo champion once seemed impossible to a girl from small-town Alberta. But The Gift of Adversity holds proof that our lives are made up, not of the adversity that befalls us, but of the decisions that we make in how to move forward after each setback. This is a must read for women in business and anyone who imagines more for themselves amid the challenges of the day.

Lisa Standeven is a successful entrepreneur, and a para taekwondo gold medalist. She lives on an acreage outside Onoway, Alberta, with her husband and daughter. Her two grown sons live nearby.


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