October 28, 2023

Real world examples of soft skill power strategies that can help you survive.

New examples are added at the bottom of the list.


“During the horrifying hour, Meng recalled reading a newspaper story about someone else in a similar situation who had managed to escape, and tried to think positively.

“I kept encouraging myself,” Meng said. “Someone did it before, and maybe if I calm down, and think about it, there’s an opportunity for me.”

“Tsarnaev carjacking survivor Dun Meng on why he’s sharing his story in ‘Patriot’s Day’”
Kevin Slane
Boston dot com
December 20, 2016


“A man slips behind someone else into a packed elementary school with an AK-47-type weapon. He goes into the office and shoots at the ground, then darts between there and outside to fire at approaching police.

So what do you do?

If you’re Antoinette Tuff, who works in the front office at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy just outside Atlanta, you don’t run. You talk. You divulge your personal struggles to the gunman, you tell him you love him, you even proactively offer to walk outside with him to surrender so police won’t shoot.”

“Antoinette Tuff hailed as ‘true hero’ for handling Georgia school gunman”
Greg Botelho
Vivian Kuo
Josh Levs
August 22, 2013

Prepared For  a Purpose
Antoinette Tuff


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