If At First: How Great People Turned Setbacks into Great Successes

If At First: How Great People Turned Setbacks into Great Successes


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If At First: How Great People Turned Setbacks into Great Successes by Laura Fitzgerald

What's the difference between success and failure? Often it's the decision to keep going when the whole world is saying, "Give up." This inspirational gift book details the setbacks and failures of people who went on to achieve great success. People like John Grisham, who was rejected by 16 agents and 30 publishers before publishing more than 15 New York Times best-selling novels. People like Oprah Winfrey, who failed as a young Baltimore news anchor only to be demoted to the daytime talk show that would become the $150 million internationally syndicated program. People like Mahatma Ghandi, who suffered from crippling shyness yet transformed himself into a leader for Indian independence.Readers are certain to be inspired-and entertained-by the biographical vignettes detailing the trials and tribulations faced by many of our culture's most notable figures. With stories from sports stars like Lance Armstrong and Wilma Rudolph, entertainment icons such as Steven Spielberg and Walt Disney, and great leaders such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Nelson Mandela, this book proves how setbacks merely provide the roadmap to future triumphs. Every tale features inspirational words about failure, risk, or persistence, and illustrates that behind every great man or woman is the legacy of setbacks and failures that have plagued us all. Rather than give up, these people turned their failures into motivation that propelled them to greatness. This is the ideal gift to inspire recent graduates or anyone embarking on new endeavors in life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780740738357
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Laura Fitzgerald studied English at Harvard, art history at Cambridge, and more recently returned to culinary school. She currently works as a writer in New York, where she lives with her husband.

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