SA 009: Stacey Copas, Author of “How to Be Resilient”


In this episode, I interview Stacey Copas, strategist, consultant and the author of “How To Be Resilient.” She talks about her amazing story, about resilience and how you can use it to your advantage.

Guest Bio:

Originally from Sydney and now living in the Adelaide Hills, Stacey has not let a devastating accident that left her a quadriplegic and dependent on a wheelchair at 12 years old slow her down.  Instead she picked up the pace achieving a wide array of things from running for parliament to training people with disability in developing countries and a long list of things in between.

Stacey has had more than her fair share of setbacks and has used her life experience and personal philosophies to become Australia’s #1 keynote speaker and facilitator on resilience and turning adversity into an asset, delivering keynote speeches, training, consulting and coaching to organisations such as Telstra, South East Water and CSIRO.

Her first book “How To Be Resilient”, which has been endorsed by Brian Tracy, Layne Beachley and Jack Delosa, was published in June and has been featured by Financial Review, ABC radio and Sydney Morning Herald.

More recently Stacey has added athletics to her repertoire after 22 years of inactivity to further stretch her comfort zones, becoming the first women in her classification to compete in Australia, and is training to qualify for the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Stacey is an Ambassador for the Layne Beachley Foundation Aim For The Stars and donates 5% of her speaker fees and $2 from the sale of each book to support the foundation.

In her spare time you are likely to find Stacey in the nearest patch of sunshine with a book recharging her solar powers.


Some Questions We Ask:

  • What is Stacey’s background?
  • How does she define resilience? What would be one of the first steps in a moment of difficult circumstances to try and build this skill or trait?
  • What does she say to people who tend to let adversity define them negatively?
  • In trying to build a community that’s going to foster this sense of resilience, the issue of loyalty comes up. What she would say to people who are having trouble, those who understand the value of the average of 5 people you surround yourself with, but have these loyal friends who tend to be negative but you just can’t pull away from?
  • What’s the book that has most inspired Stacey, and why?
  • If she could have dinner with one person she admires, past or present, who would it be and why?
    • Oprah Winfrey

What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • The skills that can help people build resilience
  • The importance of community, or a sense of belonging
  • The impact of sports in her life, how it has given her the ability to build resilience
  • The action steps that people can do to develop the habit or routine of becoming resilient
  • The one thing that she does everyday that she considers as the most powerful way of solving problems

Connect with Stacey:

Website | LinkedIn

Stacey’s Book :

How To Be Resilient: The Blueprint For Getting Results When Things Don’t Go To Plan

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