Gene Klein, a Holocaust survivor, reflects on the life lessons he has extracted from his trials in a German concentration camp.

2 strategies he utilized to survive his life-threatening circumstances are:

Accelerated opportunity taking

Gene explains how he had to seize opportunities at the moment they were presented. Assessing the outcome of the status quo enabled Gene to construct a strategy that would enable him reach the goal of survival. The establishment of a predefined strategy enabled Gene to assess opportunities faster than others which ultimately saved his life.


Gene implemented a simple incentive model: If he survived the day he would consider his goal successfully accomplished for the day. Every morning the “game” would initiate and every night if he was able to make it back to his bed he would define that day as a victorious day for himself. Gene made it through the harshest environments through finding an internal motivational model which allowed him to achieve his ultimate goal.