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The following is a short book preview contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.

Greatness: The 16 Characteristics of True Champions
Don Yaeger, New York: Center Street (2011)

Adversity is one of the most potent forces in life, one that can bring out your best or your worse. Ultimately, it’s up to you. How will you handle obstacles? Will they be roadblocks or springboards?

Consider this unlikely ascent to Greatness: In 1922, when Ernest Hemingway was still struggling to get published, a suitcase containing almost all of his drafts and manuscripts was lost on a train. Left with only two stories out of all his efforts, Hemingway was crushed. But upon the advice of his good friend and already-established author Ezra Pound, he re-created all he could of what had been lost, and in so doing established one of his stylistic trademarks – bare-bones language and a simple, journalistic tone.

Rather than throwing in the towel when he was faced with a seemingly insurmountable challenge, and thus robbing the twentieth century of one of its most important literary voices, Hemingway listened to Pound’s encouragement and used the devastating situation as something to make his work stronger (p. 108).

Greatness: The 16 Characteristics of True Champions is available from the OSU Leadership Center.

Learn how the Ohio State University Leadership Center is inspiring others to take a leadership role that empowers the world at the OSU Leadership Center website.

Jim Canterucci

I don't know everything. But I want to. The focus of our firm, Transition Management Advisors, is to develop leadership capabilities to create a championship culture, generate innovation, and successfully lead the resulting changes.

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