Born to Win: Keeping Your Firstborn Edge without Losing Your Balance

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Firstborns Were Born to Win

You're driven. You have big plans and dreams. You demand a lot out of yourself, and it pays off.

As a natural mover and shaker of the world, you're the benchmark setter and the award winner. You've always done what's expected of you--and yes, you're the one who got in trouble for what your younger sibling did.

Being firstborn comes with a high price, and no one is harder on you than...

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Overview

Firstborns Were Born to Win

You're driven. You have big plans and dreams. You demand a lot out of yourself, and it pays off.

As a natural mover and shaker of the world, you're the benchmark setter and the award winner. You've always done what's expected of you--and yes, you're the one who got in trouble for what your younger sibling did.

Being firstborn comes with a high price, and no one is harder on you than you. But here's a news flash: it doesn't have to be that way. You can learn to use your firstborn skills to your best advantage in every area of life. In this fascinating book, bestselling author, humorist, and psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman shows you how it's done.

Whether you're the firstborn in your family or the functional firstborn, Born to Win can help you win every time, all the time, without sacrificing your dreams in the process.

Guaranteed.

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, humorist, and New York Times bestselling author of more than 35 books, including The Birth Order Book, Have a New Kid by Friday, and Have a New Husband by Friday. He is former consulting psychologist for Good Morning America and a frequent guest on Fox & Friends, The View, Today, The Early Show, and Focus on the Family. He and his firstborn wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and two grandchildren.

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What do Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie have in common? And how do they share that certain something with Ulysses S. Grant? They're all first-borns, and in this breezy book, psychologist and "birth order expert" Leman delves into how birth order influences the first-born personality and upends some conventional thinking (e.g., only children and the first child of either sex is automatically a first-born-hence Jolie who has an elder brother can be classified as such) and illustrates first-borns' classic traits: reliability, perfectionism, a penchant for list making and black-and-white thinking, some social introversion but strong leadership abilities. Gender, parental treatment and family size are just as important as chronology, argues the author, who does an admirable job balancing the hope and hype of familial ranking and integrates compelling theories about how schooling and relationships work to address how first-borns can maximize desirable personality traits and minimize liabilities. His spirited and exceptionally easy read will appeal to those readers interested in understanding better whence they came and how to move forward with success. (Sept.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800732622
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 990,916
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, humorist, and bestselling author of The Birth Order Book and Have a New Kid by Friday. He is former consulting psychologist for Good Morning America and a frequent guest on The View, The Early Show, and Focus on the Family. He and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and two grandchildren.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction: Will the Firstborn Please Stand Up? Just who are the firstborns? 11

1 What's This Birth Order Business About Anyway? 19

2 Who's on First? 35

3 The Firstborn Personality 59

4 Why Firstborns Are the Way They Are 73

5 Where Do I Got to Buy One of Those Firstborns? 91

6 Has the Critical Eye Turned on You? 109

7 The Firstborn Advantage at Home 147

8 The Firstborn Advantage at School 185

9 The Firstborn Advantage at Work 219

10 The Firstborn Advantage in Relationships 253

11 Making the Most of Being a Firstborn 271

Notes 279

About Dr. Kevin Leman 283

Resources Dr. Kevin Leman 285

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    The Aha book for firstborns.

    This book explains how firstborns leadership skills make them successful. It also addresses how the same skills work against them in personal relationships. Then it provides the ways they can use their skills to an advantage. The book is well written, easy to follow and has examples to illlustrate the main points. The book has aha moments, and provides a guide on how to balance our life. I truly appreciated the author's candor and humor. I highly recommended the book, and suggest you first read the book: The Birth Order - Why you are the way you are? Before reading this book to better appreciate it.

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