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The Survivor's Club

The Secrets and Science That Could Save Your Life

Ben Sherwood

When confronted by a crisis, some people just freeze. They simply refuse to believe it's happening, and that situation will just go away if they ignore it. Plane crash survivors sitting strapped in their seats, dying when fire sweeps through cabin. Skydivers call it 'no-pull' or 'brainlock'.

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Under extreme pressure some people keep going, keep trying to solve problems, while others give up quickly, surrender and resign themselves to fate.

Stockdale Paradox: named after Admiral Stockdale, the highest ranking POW in Vietnam War. The ones who died in captivity were the optimists, the ones who said "We'll be out by Xmas" then "We'll be out by Easter" but when the magic dates kept rolling round they died of broken heart.

Lesson that shd never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end with the discipline to confront the facts of yr current reality.

10-80-10 percent survival split. 10% are just unlucky, in the wrong place at the wrong time. 10% are always survivors - they assess situation clearly and make focused decisions, and act. But 80% just sit there stunned.

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