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Last updated on 2015-01-08

About the Book

Jounce is a real physics term - it’s the fourth derivative of position over time.

Though the term ‘jounce’ is seldom encountered in science class, we often go through life being jounced: jerked around in several directions at once. From a traffic ticket to bad news from your doctor to a global catastrophe, the sources for being jounced are all around us.

This book is about dealing with being jounced. What started in anger six years ago has transformed into raised awareness and intention of the journey the author has indeed been on all his life.

Dealing with a growing concern for where our collective lives are headed (with only some factors within our control) while working to craft a fulfilled life and a lasting legacy can be daunting work. For most of us, it remains far easier to comfortably continue meandering through our daily existence, making ends meet, absorbed in social media, and focused on the present, blissfully unaware of the storm clouds on all of our horizons.

Jounce is an intensely personal exploration of the challenges we face and some of the characteristics of human nature that drive how we deal with our world, describing one person's strategy for building a resilient life. While a journey such as this is critical to help you manage crises, you’ll find that it’s not all hard work, and you’ll gain a more fulfilled life in the process.

About the Author

Jim Brosseau
Jim Brosseau

Jim Brosseau’s career and life have meandered in many interesting ways. He grew up wanting to be a surgeon, but changed his mind just before entering university. He ended up with a degree in physics, but never used that knowledge in the real world.

His work has varied from involvement in a monumental air traffic control system to many simpler projects with small teams. He has worked with and taught topics from high technology to personal relationships, engaging with high school students and CEOs alike, and has learned from everyone he’s come in contact with along the way. For the most part, he never stayed with any one organization for more than a few years; the call to do something different has always been too strong.

He is now acting on one of the most important changes in his personal life: answering the call to raise awareness about resilience, turning up the volume on the discussion about how we can consciously build our resilience, at a time when the need is more acute than ever.

Jim lives with his wife and two children in Vancouver, coaches and trains teams to become more effective at working together, and hopes to be competent in both building and playing stringed instruments some day.

It’s all part of his journey.

Table of Contents

    • Jounce?
    • Preface
    • Introduction
  • One - A Chaotic World
    • Billy Walker
    • Swirling in Transition
    • Our Failing Institutions
    • Dealing With Others
    • Self Inflicted Wounds
    • Anywhere, Anytime, Anyhow
  • Two - The Context of Our Lives
    • Evolution
    • Diversity
    • Complexity
    • Addictions
    • Stress
    • Despair
  • Three - Changing Direction
    • Embrace the Journey
    • Commit To The Effort
    • Foster Your Convictions
    • Craft A Destination
    • Know Your Starting Point
  • Four - Building Resilience
    • Develop an Ability to Be Present
    • Assemble a Set of Tools
    • Cultivate Relationships
    • Hone Your Focus
  • Harvest the Benefits
  • Chapter Notes
    • Acknowledgements
    • About the Author

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