Q: What do Michael Jordan, Coca-Cola, the Panama Canal, Warner Bros. and Ulysses S. Grant have in common?
A: They were all miserable failures.
We don't tend to remember famous people for their missteps or successful companies by their blunders. However, the colossal errors that have been made throughout history often light the way to amazing victories. Failure is the secret to success.
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About the Author
Robby Slaughter is a workflow and productivity expert. His focus is helping organizations and individuals to become more efficient, more effective and more satisfied at work. Robby is a regular contributor in several regional magazines including the Indianapolis Business Journal, Hamilton County Business Magazine, and Health Minute Magazine. He has also been interviewed by national publications such as the Wall Street Journal. Robby is the author of a new book titled “Failure: The Secret to Success.” More information at slaughterdevelopment.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book offered a rather unique way of looking at failure as necessary to failure. A lot of us look at failure as part of the journey to success, but not as a requirement. Robby Slaughter argues, with various examples, that failure is a requirement for success. In particular, failing at something is a part of the journey we face toward gaining mastery at anything. In summary, the path to success includes a 1,000 failed steps. I offered to review this book because I was going through personal failure in my own life and needed a new perspective. This book offered that perspective as well as several examples that I can now reflect on. I was particularly intrigued by the concept of "countercompetence"(learning how to do right by failure) and "productivity paradox". These two concepts formed the boundaries of my freelance career today. Slaughter offered some unconventional advice to understanding failure as well. I have read books on failure, but they only scratched the surface. Their message was "You failed! Now dust your shoulders on and get moving!". "Failure-Secret to Success" offered something a little different. The message was: "You failed. Let's explore that failure to help us what to do next in a better way." The book, then provides strategies (some I knew, some I haven't thought of) to do that. After reading this, I felt a tad less angry about the failures I have had in life. There was only one issue with the book. It didn't really have an overall framework or methodology for using the inspiration and strategies in the book. As a reader, I knew various approaches to analyzing failure, but I was still confused as to which approach would work for me. Part of the issue is the nature of failure itself, we don't always know how we are going to fail. I would have appreciated a checklist or guide, however as a way of processing the information into usable, everyday actions. Chapter 5 is a good start, but it could be developed a little further.