Great Failures of the Extremely Successful: Mistakes, Adversity, Failure and Other Steppingstones to Success

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Heartfelt and inspirational stories, anecdotes and historical facts from the well-respected and well-known to the successful Everyman and Everywoman, each of whom recall the heartbreaks, wrong moves, flops, botched opportunities and rejections that ultimately led to triumph.
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Overview

Heartfelt and inspirational stories, anecdotes and historical facts from the well-respected and well-known to the successful Everyman and Everywoman, each of whom recall the heartbreaks, wrong moves, flops, botched opportunities and rejections that ultimately led to triumph.
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Kelly Milner Halls
To 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931290197
  • Publisher: Tallfellow Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity
Erin Brockovich 2
Jim Marshall 7
Mike Espy 11
Nanette Fabray 19
Norm Pattiz 27
Clive Cussler 31
Chapter 2 Failure is good. It's fertilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching, I've learned from making mistakes
Jane Goodall 38
Pat Croce 41
Morton Downey, Jr. 46
Judy Muller 51
Dr. W. French Anderson 57
Larry Gelbart 61
Chapter 3 Success isn't built on success. It is built on failure and frustration, sometimes catastrophe, and learning to turn it around
Jamie Goldman 68
Gabriel Ruelas 76
Debra Wilson 81
Jim O'Brien 86
Teddy Pendergrass 90
Stephen J. Cannell 96
Chapter 4 Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparations for their victories
John Wooden 104
Dr. Audrey Manley 109
Tony Curtis 113
Chris Crutcher 116
Dr. Peter Doherty 121
Chuck Lorre 125
Chapter 5 Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles, they toughen and make strong
Bill Walton 132
Garry Marshall 138
Ann Richards 142
Al Franken 146
Amy Hill 151
Michael Medved 155
Chapter 6 Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street
Steve Allen 162
Johnny Unitas 165
Julia Sweeney 168
Arnold Fox 172
Scott Ellis 176
Chapter 7 Don't cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won't let you see the stars
Ann Bancroft & Liv Arnesen 182
Dr. Anthony James 187
Victoria Williams 192
Sonny Hill 197
Betty White 202
Dennis Palumbo 205
Chapter 8 Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless
Guy Gabaldon 214
Dr. Joan Borysenko 221
Mark Victor Hansen 224
Robert Pinsky 228
Billy Idol 232
Joseph Batory 238
Chapter 9 You don't drown by falling in the water; You drown by staying there
Robert Townsend 248
Nolan Bushnell 254
Kathy Buckley 260
Jimmy Breslin 265
Ed Asner 269
Pat Boone 273
Venerable Grand Master Hsing Yun 276
Chapter 10 What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better
Sam Donaldson 282
Jeanie Buss 286
Dr. Howard House 291
David Henry Hwang 297
Charles Joffe 301
Syd Field 305
Don't Quit 309
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