Best-selling author to visit Inly School for talk on resilience

Eric Greitens is many things: philanthropist, best-selling author, public speaker, former Navy SEAL, and currently a candidate for governor of Missouri, to name a few.

Eric Greitens

Through it all, he said, he’s had one core mission: impacting lives for the better.

Greitens, 41, hopes to do just that with his newest book, “Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life.” The St. Louis resident is a firm believer that the ability to bounce back from adversity is essential to a life lived with confidence.


“I think resilience is a universal human value that we all need,” he said in a phone interview. “And that every person, every family, every school, every community needs it.”

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On Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., Greitens will bring his message to students and parents at the Inly School, an independent Montessori institution in Scituate.

Drawing from his book, Greitens will speak about ways to build resilience.

“Some are specific mental toughness techniques,” he said. Others relate to the environment you surround yourself with — the friendships you make, for example, and the relationships you keep — he said.

Eric Greitens's book "Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life."

All of these elements can impact one’s ability to recover from troubles or tragedy. Greitens was quick to add there’s not just one route to take. For many of those he’s seen as interested in the book — students, parents, retirees, prisoners, and those out of work — there are many “different applications” to gaining resilience.


Donna Milani Luther, the school’s head, said she was thrilled to welcome Greitens.

“His overarching message is important,” she said, adding that students should know things are “not always going to be easy. They are going to fail along the way and have to pick themselves up.”

That’s where Greitens and his message come in.

Tickets for the event are $11.54 each and can be purchased online. The school is located at 46 Watch Hill Drive.

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