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Kelly Milner HallsTo understand the reach and depth of Steve Young's remarkably fresh perspective on the "F-word" ("failure," in this case, rather than the R-rated alternative), you have to peek into his personal history.
Young has known astonishing success in his own right, by any standard. He's written for such television industry staples as "The Tonight Show," "Boy Meets World," "Cybill," and the NEW "Family Affair" featuring Tim Curry as the NEW Mr. French. He's run comedy clubs in Philadelphia. He's been featured in print publications like the Los Angeles Times, National Lampoon and the Screen Actors Guild's, Written By magazine. He's even been contracted to write children's books.
But alongside this string of enviable accomplishments, he proudly lists life-changing failures -- failed college coursework, failed marriage, failed businesses, failed job endeavors, failed promotions, even failed game show contestant participation.
Why PROUDLY? Because, according to Young, "Overcoming obstacles is the key to turning 'I can't' into 'I will.'" And that is what this distinctive work of nonfiction compiled and lovingly edited by Steve Young is all about.
Through first person interviews with such luminary voices as Erin Brockovich, Jane Goodall, Larry Gelbart, Teddy Pendergrass, Chris Crutcher, Garry Marshall, Ann Richards, Al Franken, Ann Bancroft, Betty White, Billy Idol and many, many others, Young captures the heartbreak of failure and the success that so often slips in to fill that nasty void.
Divided into ten theme-specific chapters, Young's book says, "Don't quit!" in 60 dinstinctive ways. With celebrities from the realm of sports, music, journalism, literature, television, films, science and philosophy deftly offers something for everyone who's ever clung to hope or hopelessness.
Great Failures of the Extremely Successful is the perfect gift book for readers 14 and up -- a must for anyone who hopes to turn lemons into lemonade, again and again and again.