The Empowerment Paradox

Ben Woodward

Adversity comes to all of us in ways we may not expect or choose. Often, it is unwanted and untimely. And still it boldly demands something of us. A response.

Perhaps it’s the pain of sickness, death, or simply getting older. Maybe it’s the struggle of constant change, or the suffering of disillusionment that comes with life and its many losses and limitations. However it comes, Ben reveals how such experiences can be transformed into a catalyst for magnificent joy and a profound sense of personal empowerment and strength.

The Empowerment Paradox shows you how to turn life’s roadblocks and stumbling blocks into robust building blocks. It reveals a powerful and desperately needed series of vital virtues to strengthen your emotional and mental center. These virtues, when developed, provide clarity and understanding for dealing with the complexities of life. They offer the power you need to rise up and become the best version of yourself. Suffering, struggle, and adversity all offer us an opportunity—this book shows you how to seize it.

Press & Praise

Randy Gage, author of the New York Times bestsellers Risky Is the New Safe, and Mad Genius

"Ben Woodward is a smart, savvy guy who knows about success. His book can help you move forward from inspiration to actually empowering yourself. Give it a read."

Brian Lee, co-founder of The Honest Company, Legal Zoom, Shoe Dazzle, and BAM Ventures

"An essential duty of leadership is empowering others to become the best version of themselves. Ben knows how to do this and critically, he knows how to teach others this skill. The Empowerment Paradox is a book that can help anyone get through the obstacles they face and come out feeling stronger and smarter for it."

Russell Foster, CBE, DSc, FRSB, FMedSci, FRS, professor of circadian neuroscience and director, Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi), University of Oxford

"Whether we are educators, students, business leaders, or entrepreneurs, this book has a compelling and relevant message. There is no easy path to true excellence. The timeless virtues Ben Woodward extols are what more of us need in our pursuit of this path."

Ben Woodward

Ben Woodward’s repeated personal experience with family trauma, chronic illness, and corporate crisis have taught and tutored him with intimate insight. The gained wisdom from such lessons have seen him thrive as a senior executive in multibillion-dollar companies, becoming the global president of a multinational corporation. He has served on the board of directors for trade associations, traveled to thirty countries as a keynote speaker, business leader, and entrepreneur, and most importantly, enjoys a wonderful home life with his wife Kim and seven beautiful children. To reach Ben, visit

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