Life Lessons from a Total Failure
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|Author||: M. J. Dougherty|
How are we shaped by our successes and failures? Who impacts the decisions we make? And how can a book written by a total stranger help you? With candor, humor and unabashed self-deprecation, I've embraced what makes me unique and hope my story inspires you to do the same.
|Author||: Bill Guillory, Ph.D.,Phil Davis|
|Editor||: Philip Davis|
Have you ever asked yourself why it is so much easier to fail thant to succeed? Success requires dedication, effort, and a willingness to continually learn. Most of the skills we learn for success and failure are typically acquired from out childhood experiences. As youngsters, we are so loaded with decisions about life that we are bound to program a few that are detrimental to our success. We define these as The Rules for Failure.
|Author||: Perry Pokrandt|
|Editor||: Xlibris Corporation|
Parental instincts have been known to drive parents to do wild, crazy and often over protective things. The four books contained within this collection are proof of how far one parent was willing to go when he felt the need to protect one of his children. The advice you’ll find in “Life Lessons” about how to be more successful in any aspect of life could be considered good advice for everyone. You will most likely find that it reads as good advice from the author to his child. But, it also could be good advice from a supervisor to their employee or from a friend to a friend. Yes, it is even good advice from a child to a parent. The advice contained on the pages of these books knows no vocational limitations. The path to success in one career choice is virtually the same in all of them. The advice you will find here applies to people of all ages with any educational background and doesn’t require any specific level of life experience to be considered valid. No matter what your goals, your hopes or you dreams, the advice you will find within these pages will help you to find the success you seek. As you turn each page, you may discover many new ways to look at old things. You may remind yourself of some of the hard lessons that you too have learned from life or you may smile to yourself when you realize that... “Life really is this simple...if you let it be.”
|Author||: Mark Aspelin|
|Editor||: Gypsy Road Publishing|
Things they don't teach in school ... but you'll wish they did. The late, great, personal development guru Jim Rohn lamented, "It's too bad failures don't give seminars. Wouldn't that be valuable? If you meet a guy who has messed up his life for forty years, you've just got to say, 'John, if I bring my journal and promise to take good notes, would you spend a day with me?'" Well, Jim, your wish has come true. As a time-honored expert in the art of failure, author Mark Aspelin has demonstrated exceptional skill by messing up in nearly all of the important areas of life: relationships, money, health, education, career ... the list goes on. How to Fail at Life: Lessons for the Next Generation is the ultimate "what not to do" guide, filled with stories of self-inflicted catastrophes, completely avoidable suffering, and mindless forms of life wreckage - with some inspiring tales of redemption that reveal the secrets for how to live a happy and fulfilling life. Mark wrote this book for his son, as a fun way to pass on timeless success principles, just in case Mark gets hit by the proverbial beer truck. Learn how to FAIL SMART You won't find any fancy buzzwords or "secret formulas" that are guaranteed to give you fame, fortune, enlightenment, and six-pack abs in 30 days without leaving your couch. Mark has read a bazillion books in the personal development space and quickly found that the principles of success are simple and consistent and have been documented ad nauseam. Why are the same success principles used again and again? Simple. They work. Mark has packaged these life lessons within stories of people who've learned them through the School of Hard Knocks. You'll find true, inspirational stories of failure and redemption. You'll see a few household names that you may know well, as well as some obscure and unknown names. If Mark has done his job well, you'll also see a bit of yourself in these stories. After all, that's one of the goals of this book: to give you a chance to pause, reflect, and say, "Hey, that's me!" Then you can decide if you need to make some changes to get back on track. There really is a right way and a wrong way to fail in life. For the few key areas that you want to develop and master, failure is something to be actively pursued and celebrated. It may sound strange, but when you fail fast and fail big in those few vital areas, you'll be on the fast track to accomplishing your definition of success. For the other areas of your life, the right way to fail is to let others do it for you and learn from their mistakes. Staggering amounts of time and suffering can be avoided by learning from the mistakes of others. When it comes to failure in most areas of life, it's better to watch the movie than be a character in it. Rest assured, you'll still have plenty of opportunities to fail in life, but you might as well narrow down the list so you'll fail "smart." This one's for you, Jim Rohn. Mark is happy to spend a day with you to show how failure is really done. Get ready to take some notes.
|Editor||: Xlibris Corporation|
Selfish Ambitions :The need to get ahead no matter what the cost. Only thing is, it never works out. It is short lived. Most times you try to get in where you don’t fit in. You sneak, you lie, you cheat, you steal, and in some cases you kill. First let me say that there is nothing wrong with wanting to get ahead, wanting to be ahead, or wanting to go ahead. But when you hold back on people, or step on people to get ahead, you are thinking only about self. Most times it’s only for a moment in time that you are able to obtain the status, then it’s gone. But the Damage goes on, the damage that you caused. This is a wicked minded person. They will blame you for their down fall, and never thank you for your assistance (because they were using you). They feel you did nothing to help them, but are in fact blocking their way. The sad thing about these people is that they think they are really successful! Sorry to say, they believe a lie These people will turn against you, turn their back on you, or even help you fall. (remember they are selfish). They will pretend they love you. Pretend to be your friend. You are only a means to an end to them. The only way to reach them or defeat them, if you must deal with them, is with the Fruits of The Spirit.
|Author||: T. Byram Karasu|
|Editor||: Rowman & Littlefield|
This book is about the basic lessons on fundamental aspects of life that everyone eventually learns painfully. The book is a headstart, a solid platform of knowledge on love, marriage, work, believing and joyfulness.
|Author||: Kevin Hart|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
New York Times bestselling author, superstar comedian, and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have a “hilarious but also heartfelt” (Elle) memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself. The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is: What does Kevin Hart have that a book also has? According to the three people who have seen Kevin Hart and a book in the same room, the answer is clear: A book is compact. Kevin Hart is compact. A book has a spine that holds it together. Kevin Hart has a spine that holds him together. A book has a beginning. Kevin Hart’s life uniquely qualifies him to write this book by also having a beginning. It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys. The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero. But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, J.K. Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes us on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today. And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion. He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent. “Hart is an incredibly magnetic storyteller, on the page as he is onstage, and that’s what shines through [in this] genial, entertaining guide to a life in comedy” (Kirkus Reviews).
|Author||: Ladislav Rusmich,Stephen M. Sachs|
The authors offer a comprehensive and critical study that examines why neoliberal economic programs have experienced unexpected difficulties in Eastern Europe.
|Author||: Tim Irwin|
|Editor||: Thomas Nelson|
“...ultimately this book is not really about six famous leaders who derailed. It is about you. And me. And anyone who ever decided to accept a position of leadership.” -Patrick Lencioni, writer of foreword for Derailed, author The Five Dysfunctions of a Team "This is not just a book for CEOs. It is for anyone who serves in a leadership capacity—pastors, teachers, government officials, and even mid-level managers in corporations. Not only is this a book you should read; in my opinion, it’s a book you can’t afford not to read. There is simply too much at stake." - Michael Hyatt, CEO, Thomas Nelson What causes a leader to fail? What can we learn from those who have fallen? How do we avoid failure of our own? These are just a few of the questions answered in Derailed: 5 Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership, a book for leaders and aspiring leaders of all levels by Tim Irwin, Ph.D. Derailed chronicles the collapse of six high-profile CEOs, the factors that drove their downfalls, and the lessons that we can learn to stay on track and avoid derailing our own lives and careers. The story of the fallen CEO has become a cultural fixture: veering off course with the force of a train careening off its tracks, leaving fiery wreckage and devastating injury throughout the organization. These executives are often the smartest and most respected individuals in their industries, with glittering resumes and histories of successful leadership. Yet they astonish us by driving the train dramatically off course, blinded by unchecked power and arrogance. Dr. Tim Irwin believes that these leaders suffer from failures of character that are common to each of us--even the most capable individuals. Deficits in authenticity, humility, self-management, and courage become more dangerous as we take on more leadership, and can cause us to ignore glaring signals that might otherwise save us from catastrophic demise. Derailed profiles the collapse of six high-profile CEOs (Robert Nardelli – Home Depot, Carly Fiorina - HP, Durk Jager – Proctor and Gamble, Steven Heyer – Starwood Hotels, Frank Raines – Fannie Mae, Dick Fuld – Lehman Brothers) and the factors that drove their downfalls, finding that derailment actually happens long before the crash and can be avoided. Derailed explains the character qualities that are essential for successful leadership and how to cultivate them so that we can avoid being derailed.
|Author||: Mark Katz|
|Editor||: W. W. Norton & Company|
Understanding resiliency and student success by studying people who succumbed to risk but later triumphed. A number of people who failed in school currently enjoy meaningful and successful lives. They include, though they are by no means limited to, those with attention and executive function challenges, learning disabilities, learning and behavioral challenges arising out of traumatic events in their lives, and even those impacted by all of the above. Up until recently, little attention was paid to successful people who did poorly in school. Why? One reason might be that many of us doubted that it was actually possible. After all, many loving parents and caring teachers spent countless hours trying their hardest to help these failing children turn things around in school, sometimes with little or nothing to show for it. If these children continued to struggle and fail in school with all this help and support, it was understandable to assume that they would not succeed in the real world decades later without it. So what did we miss? Why were we so wrong about them? And perhaps most importantly, how can their life experiences help educators and parents understand what schools can do better to support students who are struggling today? In his groundbreaking new book, Mark Katz draws on research findings in clinical and social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, education, and other fields of study—as well as stories of successful individuals who overcame years of school failure—to answer these and other questions. In the process, he shows how children who fail at school but succeed at life can give teachers and schools, counselors and health care professionals, parents and guardians—even those whose childhood struggles have persisted into their adult years—new remedies for combatting learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges; reducing juvenile crime, school dropout, and substance abuse; improving our health and well-being; and preventing medical problems later in life.
|Author||: Tim Harford|
|Editor||: Bond Street Books|
The Undercover Economist - famed for his explanations - now offers solutions. Tim Harford introduces a new way of thinking about how to solve the world's most urgent problems, from climate change to terrorism, African poverty to global finance - even the problems we encounter in our own daily lives. When faced with such challenges, we instinctively look to leaders, experts, and gurus to provide us with pre-chewed solutions. Harford argues that the world has become too unpredictable and complex for that. Instead, we must adapt - improvise rather than plan, work from the bottom up, take baby steps. Adapt draws on exciting new work by passionate young economists and on innovative ideas from across the sciences. It looks at how and why innovation really comes about, extolling the value of trial and error and arguing that we should learn to embrace failure. Above all, Adapt applies hard-won lessons learned in the field, from a spaceport in the Mojave Desert to the street of Iraq, from a blazing offshore drilling rig to the frozen tundra of Siberia. The book shows that it's up to individuals - us - to change the world.
|Author||: Gene A. Getz|
|Editor||: Regal Books|
|Author||: J. K. Rowling|
|Editor||: Little, Brown|
J.K. Rowling, one of the world's most inspiring writers, shares her wisdom and advice. In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others? Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life's most important questions with acuity and emotional force.
|Author||: Thomas J. Sork|
Planning education and training programs for adults is a complex decision-making process. When we set out to plan an educational event we usually do so with the intention of changing human capability in some desirable way. Yet many factors can prevent us from achieving our objective. This volume of New Directions for Adult and Continuing Educatin focuses on understanding the most common planning and program mistakes that we make in the design and delivery of educational programs for adults and the lessons that can be learned fom thos mistakes. This is the 49th issue of New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. For more information on this series, please see the Journals and Periodicals page.
|Author||: Leslie Odom, Jr.|
|Editor||: Feiwel & Friends|
Leslie Odom Jr., burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton. Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sung for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. But before he landed the role of a lifetime in one of the biggest musicals of all time, Odom put in years of hard work as a singer and an actor. With personal stories from his life, Odom asks the questions that will help you unlock your true potential and achieve your goals even when they seem impossible. What work did you put in today that will help you improve tomorrow? How do you surround yourself with people who will care about your dreams as much as you do? How do you know when to play it safe and when to risk it all for something bigger and better? These stories will inspire you, motivate you, and empower you for the greatness that lies ahead, whether you’re graduating from college, starting a new job, or just looking to live each day to the fullest.
|Author||: Jane Boucher|
|Editor||: Beagle Bay Incorporated|
Executive coach Jane Boucher gives tips and strategies on how to cope with irritating bosses and co-workers, fall back in love with your job and improve at-work self-esteem. Also a section on how employers can motivate workers.