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GREAT FAILURES OF THE EXTREMELY ...(HC) Hardcover – February 25, 2015
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From failure (and/or punishment) many of us are afraid to try again. For those who say, "I can't" without ever saying "I'll try," -- this book's message will shake you into trying again.
Steve Young has collected over 60 personal stories of failure from entertainers, adventurers, medicine, politics, business, war, and so much more. A few are stories I've heard, most are new to me. Some writers are famous; others not. All have the message that failure is the "best thing" that ever could happen to them.
Starting with Erin Brockovich, the authors range from Jane Goodall to Jamie Goldman, John Wooden, Bill Walton, Steve Allen, Ann Bancroft, Guy Gabaldon, Robert Townsend and Sam Donaldson and a whole of lot other interesting people in between.
The stories are all great. I had to read every word. This is NOT a book I'll pass along -- it will remain mine, but I will tell everyone about it.
I liked the one about Minnesota Viking's Jim Marshall who ran the wrong way and made a touchdown for the other team. He admitted his mistake, learned from it -- and in telling others, it allowed people everywhere to share mistakes they made and never told anyone about until they told Marshall.
After the stories, the second best thing is the wonderful collection of quotes focusing on failure and success.Read more ›
For all you cynics out there, for all you content people, for absolulety anyone from anywhere who's experienced anything or everything, you'll finally read something fresh, something new.
Definitely an easy read for the thinking person! Loved it!
The only thing that Steve Young's book cannot fix are my car problems, which are numerous. Despite that, I relish Great Failues of the Extremely Successful. This book helps me see that I (a single mother of two, and the driver of an unlovely, little car with over 216,000 miles on it), am also an extremely successful person, in my own right.
I can only offer one warning. If you are bent on being unwrinkled by life, or if you recently invested a lot of money in botox injections, read Great Failures of the Extremely Successful with caution. The laughter and tears in this volume will make smile-lines on your soul. Read it with delight!
It consists of sixty contributions from people (many in entertainment and sports) who have overcome adversity and achieved success. Some faced external adversity; others had handicaps they had to overcome. The contributors are impressively honest about their problems, such as bed-wetting, school failure, poor decisions, stuttering and alcoholism, and how they managed to overcome them.
On many pages there are inspirational quotes. There are also predictions of failure which history has proven shockingly wrong. Almost every invention that is now a fixture in our lives - radio, TV, telephone - was originally thought to be impossible or useless. Failure was even predicted for the Beatles!
The pieces read like the spoken word, not the written word. They are heartfelt and represent the wisdom of people who have struggled and persevered. They are truly inspirational.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stories were written well after the fact, and very preachy... pages have been falling out too!Published 3 months ago by Shari J. Kha
Well written. May appeal more to older people as most of the famous people are from. The 1950's to 1980's. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Catherine Roh
I picked up a copy of this book about a year ago and found it a really enjoyable read. The author intermixes stories of amazing people who overcame the odds before succeeding with... Read morePublished on April 13, 2008 by Darcy Andries
This seemed to be more of a self help book than anything. Some of the individuals described in the book hadn't overcome any exceptional adversity. Read morePublished on January 10, 2003
Great stories of the (rich) and famous, most of whom overcame adversity. A collection of 62 autobiographies as told to Steve Young. The subjects are leaders in every field. Read morePublished on October 31, 2002 by Dan Poynter
Talk about getting the message. It is almost as I've just received the magic pill for success, and who would have ever guessed it would be found smack dab in the middle of failure. Read morePublished on October 13, 2002 by Penny Sklar
Great inspirational stories!
A great book! Perfect for gift giving. It was fascinating to read about the personal challenges and failures that even the most successful people... Read more