The BluePrint with Dr. Erik KoremThe BluePrint with Dr. Erik Korem

#441. Building Resilience: Lessons from a Vietnam POW Survivor

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When life's trials hit, do you find yourself overwhelmed and drained? In this episode, I share the key to enduring through difficult situations: the right kind of hope. Discover the profound wisdom of the Stockdale Paradox, which reveals how you can persevere through the most difficult kinds of trials.

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"When you are imprisoned by great difficulty, you must on one hand never lose the unwavering faith that you will find a way to prevail in the end. While at the same time having the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be." - Admiral Jim Stockdale

"You need to face the facts and never lose the faith and just keep taking the next step." - Dr. Erik Korem

"Thriving sometimes is just taking the next step. It doesn't mean that you're just crushing life and that, you know, we don't have to walk around like everything's perfect all the time." - Dr. Erik Korem


The BluePrint Podcast is for busy professionals and Household CEOs who care deeply about their families, career, and health. Host Dr. Erik Korem distills cutting edge-science, leadership, and life skills into simple tactics optimized for your busy lifestyle and goals.   Dr. Korem interviews scientists, coaches, elite athletes, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and exceptional people to discuss science and practical skills you can implement to become the most healthy, resilient, and impactful version of yourself.

On a mission to equip people to pursue audacious goals, thrive in uncertainty, and live a healthy and fulfilled life, Dr. Erik Korem is a High-Performance pioneer. He introduced sports science and athlete-tracking technologies to collegiate and professional (NFL) football over a decade ago. He has worked with the National Football League, Power-5 NCAA programs, gold-medal Olympians, Nike, and the United States Department of Defense.

Erik is an expert in sleep and stress resilience. He is the Founder and CEO of AIM7, a health and fitness app that unlocks the power of wearables by providing you with daily personalized recommendations to enhance your mind, body, and recovery.


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