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Fueled By Failure: Using Detours and Defeats to Power Progress Hardcover – May 19, 2015
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SETH LEVINE, Managing Director at Foundry Group, Integrate Board Member
I took Jeremy snowboarding for his first time. He went from terrible to excelling in a matter of hours. Part of it was natural talent, but part was that he didn’t fear failing. The rest was sheer tenacity. That embodies how Jeremy goes about learning new things and this book reflects it. He’s done the researchpractical and theoreticaland delivers great guidance on staying the course to reach success.
BILL MARIS, President and Managing Partner at Google Ventures
Jeremy recounts his journey from athletics to entrepreneurship with humility, sharing the back story behind his public defeats, and more importantly, revealing priceless lessons in competing for success. If you compete at anythingsports, business, or lifeyou need this book.
SCOTT BLACKMUN, United States Olympic Committee CEO
Jeremy has packed a lifetime of experience into 32 years. While he’s led an extraordinary life thus far, the ups and downs he’s experienced are something we can all connect with and learn from. His story is inspiring and the lessons he imparts are invigorating.
TONY BATES, President of GoPro, Former CEO of Skype, Former VP of Cisco and Microsoft
Jeremy is proof that mindset is everything. He brings together the best people and supercharges them with his unique energy. His Olympian work ethic and discipline works in the boardroom as well as it did on the ski slopes and football field. He will inspire you, too.
BING GORDON, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins and Former Chief Product Officer at Electronic Arts
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Most people look at Jeremy Bloom’s career accomplishments as awe inspiring, but with great achievements come an undercurrent of disappointment and failure.
A world-champion skier, Jeremy Bloom missed his shot at Olympic gold. As an All-American football player, he saw his collegiate career put to a halt by the NCAA; then, sidelined by injuries, he spent a frustrating period in the NFL. And yet, Bloom took the hard work, grit and determination that took him to the top of mountains and onto the gridiron to reshape his future in business. Today he is a successful entrepreneur, CEO, and philanthropist.
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Bloom does share some of his secrets of how he deals with failure and how he prevents them from allowing failure to get a grip on him and cripple his future endeavors.
But instead of Bloom making his point in everyday life situations, Bloom uses various expiries in his business life to demonstrate how his failure fueled him to succeeded and how he took the lessons learned from past failures to succeed.
Although the book was not what I had expected it to be, I did learn aolot of good business advice.
On the positive side of the ledger, the author is a person of notable accomplishment. He's been an Olympic skier, played professional football, served as a CEO and philanthropist.
He's well positioned to share his personal approaches to resilience in the face of setbacks.
For this reason, his personal approaches to mental discipline are of interest. His "three mental keys" are visualization techniques worthy of consideration by readers. Developed when he was competing a World Championship in skiing, they are: "Mind Like a River," "Living Downstairs," and "Focus on Your Skills."
The book is also limited by reliance on the author's individual experience. There are, to be sure, several anecdotes from other sources. But this is a book focused on the author's life and work.
In the end, this book will likely hold the most interest for people who have followed the author's career. Many of his points might well then hold special meaning.
On the other hand, if your focus is on the psychology of resilience, you might consider this as one book among several that you might consult. Otherwise, 'Fueled by Failure,' taken alone, might be too limited in scope.
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His non profits are really impressive.
Good for him.
You can tell that Jeremy is a likable guy. While many of us may not totally relate to his particular story, the lessons throughout the book are...Read more