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When Smart People Fail: Rebuilding Yourself for Success Paperback – May 1, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
Hyatt (The Women's Selling Game and Gottlieb (Limbo here explore the effects of failure on people in success-oriented America. Interviewing men and women in various fields, they glean interesting information from those who accepted defeat only temporarily. Exemplifying "hidden failures," Clare Boothe Luce regrets that she abandoned her real interest, writing, for political roles; conversely George McGovern considers himself the winner over Richard Nixon, who defeated him for the presidency. Among those who offer advice on starting over is William L. Shirer: fired from his job as a reporter for being "too liberal," he went on to write such notable books as The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Shirer makes the cogent observation that success or failure aren't at issue but "whether you are a learner or non-learner."
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Great book .
This is an excellent, well-written book on dealing with setbacks and failures. The co-authors, having failed themselves, write with warmth and empathy of the characterisitc probems of people recovering from failures of all kinds, and describe numerous ways in which they can bounce back.
I have read it several times during difficult periods of my life, and also bought copies for friends in dire straits. It is like a permanent friend!
Carole Hyatt and Linda Gottlieb have written one of the most healing books I've ever read -- period. Anyone who thinks failure is a permanent condition should read this book.When Smart People Fail: Rebuilding Yourself for Success