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Motivating and Inspiring at 35,000 Feet: Inflight Live Book Reading

Resilience Book CoverWe're excited to have Eric Greitens, former U.S. Navy SEAL, founder of The Mission Continues, and award-winning author, onboard a flight this morning from STL-DCA for an inflight book reading, where he will be sharing excerpts from his new book, answering questions onboard and on Twitter, and distributing signed, hard-copy audio books courtesy of Macmillan Audio to everyone on board. Even if you aren’t onboard, you can still get involved! Listen to a note from Eric here and submit your own questions to him on Twitter by tweeting Eric at @EricGreitens with the hashtag #ResilienceLiveRead. See the below post to learn more about Eric and The Mission Continues. When I hear the word “resilient,” I immediately think of a good friend of mine. She has experienced great tragedy and loss, but despite it all, she has managed to push on, and without a doubt, is stronger because of it. I have always admired that spirited quality in people. The story of pushing through an unbearable circumstance—the loss of a loved one, a triumph over cancer or experiencing war is certainly not a new one, but it is an inspiring one. Life can be hard. In order to cope, we must all learn how to be a little more resilient. 222_0If you ask Eric Greitens, former US Navy SEAL, founder of The Mission Continues, and award-winning author, I am sure he would tell you that our service men and women are some of the most resilient. In his new book Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life, Eric uses his personal experience of helping a brother-in-arms through loss, fear, and a search for purpose as a lesson in living a more resilient life. Southwest Airlines met Eric back in 2008, when we began working with The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that challenges veterans to serve their community in new ways. It can be challenging for service members to translate their skills and passions here at home, but through service opportunities provided by The Mission Continues with various organizations, Veterans are able to succeed with the same sense of purpose and intensity as they did on tour. Among the many military organizations that Southwest Airlines supports, we are proud to have donated $875,000 in travel and cash to support The Mission Continues since 2010.

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Eric has become a dear friend and someone we are proud to know. He has been recognized time and time again for his numerous accomplishments in social entrepreneurship, leadership and service, the latter being one of his greatest passions, which is evident when you hear him speak. We have surprised and delighted our Customers with musical performances 35,000 feet in the air and now we hope to motivate and inspire them. From the Airline that started as a sketch on a napkin, I think a story of resiliency is an appropriate one for us to share.