Transforming Pain to Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential

Transforming Pain to Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential

by Daniel Beaty

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Pain doesn’t last always
Sometimes only for a night
Try not to resist
It hurts the more we fight

Overcoming life’s difficulties is daunting. At times, it seems the burdens that we bear are too painful to overcome. They keep us from even trying to accomplish the things we want most. It seems the only way to outlast the pain is to ignore it, when, in truth, the only way to discover the unlimited potential inside of us all is to embrace the pain, face the Authentic Self at our core, and use the strength therein to triumph over any obstruction in our way.

Based on his powerful, true journey from a childhood rife with poverty, incarceration, addiction and rage to the successful adult life he achieved, award-winning performer, writer, and motivational speaker Daniel Beaty presents the tools that readers need to overcome any obstacle and tap into their full capabilities. By outlining an alternative mode of thinking, especially for the modern African-American man bombarded by negative stereotypes in the media, Beaty empowers the individual and encourages readers of all backgrounds to learn from their cultural and family heritage while forgiving and letting go of the negative so that only the positive remains.

Beaty’s story, supported by deeply personal advice from notable mentors such as Bill Cosby, Leontyne Price, Sydney Poitier, Ossie Davis, and Ruby Dee, serves as a strong reminder that success is ultimately possible, not in spite of struggles but as a result of lessons learned and power drawn from those lessons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101621677
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 902 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Daniel Beaty is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and motivational speaker. His critically acclaimed plays Through the Night, Emergency, Mr. Joy, and The Tallest Tree in the Forest - Paul Robeson, have garnered numerous awards including an Obie award for writing and performance and two NAACP Theater Awards. A highly requested keynote speaker and thought leader, Beaty has worked throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa speaking and performing on programs with luminaries such as Deepak Chopra, Hill Harper, Jill Scott, Donnie McClurkin, and Bill Cosby.  An adjunct professor at Columbia University ( and youth development specialist, Beaty has spoken at all staff retreats and led leadership training for non profits including City Year ( and Year Up ( In fall 2013, Beaty launched a nationwide initiative using the tools of storytelling to help individuals and communities heal trauma funded by W.K. Kellogg and Ford Foundations among others. He holds a BA with Honors in English and Music from Yale University and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre.  His poem Knock Knock became an internet sensation receiving millions of views and has been transformed into a children's book, also titled Knock Knock, published by Little Brown Books. 

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction 1

1 The Power of Pain 9

2 The Power of Breath and Your Authentic Self 41

3 The Power of Your Thoughts and Your Mental Inheritance 55

4 The Power of Your Emotions and Your Emotional Inheritance 77

5 The Power of Forgiveness and Letting Go 101

6 The Power of Your Cultural Inheritance 121

7 The Power of Gratitude and Affirmative Speaking 141

8 The Power of Vision and Faith 155

9 The Power of Purpose 169

10 The Power of Patience and Tenacity 189

11 The Power of Your Environment 203

12 The Power of Joy 221

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Cherish this book, share it with your children, with your grandchildren so they can experience this powerful, inspiring work.”—Bill Cosby

“A wise and passionate book that lovingly guides us through steps to heal our souls and harness the power of joy.”—Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient

“Daniel Beaty has chosen to share his own compelling story to send a message of hope and healing to others working to overcome painful obstacles, including very difficult childhoods like his own. He reminds readers never to give up on themselves and of their own power to transform their futures.”—Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of Children’s Defense Fund

“Daniel Beaty’s beautifully rendered book takes us on a hero’s journey home to the self. Soul-searching and illuminating, there is a real potential for Transforming Pain to Power to help us create a needed new world. There is profound wisdom about life and healing deeply embedded in these pages. This is a gift to cherish and to give.”—Susan L. Taylor, bestselling author, former editor of Essence, and founder of CARES Mentoring

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