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The Road to Success is Paved with Failure : How Hundreds of Famous People Triumphed Over Inauspicious Beginnings, Crushing Rejection, Humiliating Defeats and Other Speed Bumps Along Life's Highway Paperback – April 25, 2001


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About the Author

Joey Green is the author of many books including a number of bestsellers. He was formerly a contributing editor to National Lampoon and an advertising copywriter and he has been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today and People magazine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (April 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316611166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316611169
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joey Green, a former contributing editor to National Lampoon and a former advertising copywriter at J. Walter Thompson, is the author of more than fifty (yes, fifty) books, including "Contrary to Popular Belief," "Clean It! Fix It! Eat It!," the best-selling "Joey Green's Magic Brands" series, "The Mad Scientist Handbook" series, and "You Know You've Reached Middle Age If . . ."--to name just a few.

Joey has appeared on dozens of national television shows, including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Good Morning America," and "The View." He has been profiled in the "New York Times," "People" magazine, the "Los Angeles Times," the "Washington Post," and "USA Today," and he has been interviewed on hundreds of radio shows.

A native of Miami, Florida, and a graduate of Cornell University (where he was the political cartoonist on the "Cornell Daily Sun" and founded the campus humor magazine, the "Cornell Lunatic," still publishing to this very day), he lives in Los Angeles.

You can visit him at www.joeygreen.com

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2001
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Please look at all of the reviews that gave" five stars" . They had almost the same lenght and the same writing style. The reviews have been written from JUNE 27, JUNE 28, JUNE 29, JUNE 30 and JULY 1. Interesting!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Gandelman VINE VOICE on August 25, 2001
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When people look at someone who is successful (even if the definition of "success" varies from person to person) they usually have a tendency to think that someone went from point A to Point B with nothing in between. It's the old story of the "overnight success" that may have taken someone a lifetime or may have been achieved with great heartache, pain, and stress. One way of being inspired is to read biographies constantly. I'm an entertainer (ventriloquist, believe it or not) and I love reading show biz biographies. And I've found that when I read them there is a LOT of drama that took place between Point A (starting out) and Point B (succeeding). In The Road to Success Is Paved with Failure Joey Green has boiled down these life stories into a small book that completes its mission so thoroughly you will not only want to read, keep and refer to this book again and again -- but you'll want to gift this book to some loved ones. The concept is simple enough: each page, in large type, refers to a less-than-successful, unflattering or downright failure item involving a now famous successful person. At the bottom of the page, in smaller type, he tells you who this person is and why they are now famous for succeeding. This is "no frills" inspiration. And it works. Here's one example: (Big type) "Barbara Walters was told in 1957 by Don Hewitt, who became executive producer of 60 minutes, to "stay out of television."" Bottom of page (small type): "Barbara Walters became a host on the television talk show Today, an anchorwoman on The ABC Evening News, and a host of 20/20. She has won six Emmy Awards for her work on television and was elected in 1990 to the Television Hall of Fame." There are many others.Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Norton on November 22, 2005
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I have several dozen books on various aspects of success and failure and this book is the most mediocre of them all. Each page has about 100 words at best and there is no detail to any of the stories of the effort and perseverance required to actually succeed. So some slightly famous someone you have heard about had a bad day once. Big deal, there is no lesson to that. The real lesson is in reading about the depth and breadth it really takes to succeed - real commitment, not just a simple piece of good or bad luck.

If you have a friend who just doesn't like to read at all, this would be a suitable gift. I'm not saying that to be a book snob...we have all been in "their" houses, where the heck are the books? If you have a friend or relative who is trying to achieve something great in his or her life, but they are just not the type to read, then this book would be an acceptable choice. My younger brother - whom - I admire a great deal, is trying to succeed at a very difficult career path and I will be getting this book for him for his Christmas present. However, if you want anything more than the most superficial read, choose a different book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Marko on June 15, 2001
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This book is terrible. This book is for 3rd-graders. It will tell you what you already know, is overly simplistic, and offers no details, no inside information, and is not enlightening. It is written in super huge type so it can offer you 280 pages of headlines with a sentence or two below each entry. It looks like it was written in a day with little effort or pride to make it meaningful. I whipped through it in an hour frustrated on what a disappointment it was. Don't waste your money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carla on June 30, 2001
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This easy-to-breeze-through, lively book was quite uplifting and a fun read -- a quick burst of encouragement for those moments when you just feel like you're not getting anywhere -- and then are reminded of all the NOW famous people who took circuitous routes to get there or who suffered all kinds of wacky failures behind the scenes while on their way up. I found it really helpful to reflect on these for a moment, to put things in perspective. A light and easy little book with more gumption and spirituality and motivational force than might appear at first. A quick pick-me-up and a good gift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gail K. on July 1, 2001
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I received a copy of this book as a gift for my college graduation and it was a great help keeping my spirits up while hunting for my first real job out of college. Any time I felt discouraged I simply picked up this book and flipped through it to get a dose of inspiration. I'm still amazed that Steven Speilberg didn't get into film school, Goldie Hawn worked as a go-go dancer, and Dr. Ruth had two failed marriages. This book really drives home the point that anyone can succeed if you just put your mind to it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam Khan VINE VOICE on October 11, 2001
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This is a fun little book. But more than that, this book is an excellent resource to browse frequently if you are trying to accomplish a challenging goal. As the researcher, Martin Seligman, has shown, what determines whether you give up after a setback or try again is how permanent you think the setback is. Browsing this book, you see example after example of people who went on to succeed after experiencing setbacks. You see that your setback might not be permanent. This puts the fight back in you. I'm the author of the book, Self-Help Stuff That Works, and I can tell you that reading Mr. Green's book really works. The more times you try, the more likely you will succeed, and this book will inspire you to try again.
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