The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future

The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future

by Skip Prichard


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ISBN-13: 9781478970910
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 512,966
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Skip Prichard is an accomplished CEO, growth-oriented business leader, and keynote speaker. He is known for his track record of successfully repositioning companies and dramatically improving results while improving the corporate culture. He is a keynote speaker on topics ranging from leadership, personal development, growth strategies, culture, corporate turnarounds, and the future of publishing. His views have been featured in print and broadcast media including the BBC, The New York Times, CNN, NPR, The Daily Beast, Harvard Business Review, Information Today, The Bookseller, Publishers Weekly, Christian Retailing, and the Library Journal.

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The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Steve_Pate More than 1 year ago
Great Lessons in a Memorable Story (Full Disclosure: I know Skip, and I got a chance to read and provide feedback on a draft copy of this book.) Great artists take the best of the past, reassemble the components, add something new, and hand us a new experience, a new tool, or a better understanding of how the world works. A great chef creates a wonderful new recipe from ingredients you stock in your pantry. A musician creates a chart-topping song from the standard notes on a keyboard and some basic vocabulary that all of us use every day. This creative mix is what Skip has done in the fields of leadership, motivation, and the psychology of success. Skip has distilled a lifetime of reading, interviewing, and working with many of the best known and most admired leaders of the past two generations. He has also spent years both developing and learning from many thousands of talented colleagues and coworkers from around the world. Like a successful surgeon after decades of practice, Skip could pour out reams of guidelines, lessons learned, and golden nuggets of wisdom. Instead, Skip selected the nine most valuable leadership tools from his collection. As a professor, my inclination would be to build a textbook around this set of principles—to explain their background, to show how and when to use them, and to clarify when not to use them. But Skip knows that few people, especially leaders and leaders-in-development, have the time to work through a textbook. So he chose the classic format that squeezes the most lesson into the fewest and most memorable words. That format, of course, is the parable. So prepare to follow a fellow named David as he learns the lessons and wisdom to identify and work through nine of the most fundamental—and all too common—mistakes of leadership and life. For extra credit, watch for three laws woven around the nine mistakes.
DavidHackler More than 1 year ago
This book is destined to be one of the classics of the success/leadership genre. It is written as fiction but unlike many parable or fable style books, Skip's book is engaging and well written. The story itself will draw you in and you learn the secrets of success as the main character David does. I read many of this genre and sometimes I have to force myself to read from one including some the "greats". The Book of Mistakes I had to make myself put down for little things like sleep. Do yourself a favor, get this book and read it!
JayKing More than 1 year ago
The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future by Skip Prichard is a unique, intriguing and impactful book that highlights the pitfalls that have hindered countless people from experiencing success. This book should be required reading for anyone who has a genuine desire to live a fulfilling life. The first thing that stood out to me was how short this book was. In today's society, the majority of success books have turned into long manuals and guidebooks that are filled with more filler than substance. That's definitely not the case with this book. At the very least, Skip chose to replace the filler with an engaging and easy to follow story that masterfully guides readers to the principles they really came for. I was pleasantly surprised by the storytelling in this book. It's no gripping novel, but it doesn't claim or try to be. That's what makes it so enjoyable. This book stays the course and doesn't attempt to give readers more than they need. The chapters are short and the page turning parable seems to make them even shorter. This made for a thrilling and satisfying reading experience. At the end of each "mistake" chapter there is a sort of "cheat sheet" style outline of all the key principles that were weaved throughout the storytelling, just in case readers may have missed them. I'm really glad this is included in the book, because it will make reviewing the principles at a later date even easier to do. There is no denying that many readers may be familiar with the mistakes, secrets, principles or whatever buzzword you prefer to call them, but that doesn't take away from the fact that there are many people who are still oblivious to them. Whether readers are familiar with the secrets or not, the lessons shared in this book are valuable and become even more memorable based on the unique way in which they are presented. My biggest and only knock on this book is a difference in some of the beliefs that the author has compared to my own. There are hints of God sprinkled sparingly throughout the book, but that honestly isn't my issue. I knew going in that this wasn't a Christian based success book. In my opinion, it's a success book that is targeted towards a wide audience with no specific belief system being promoted. However, I could not ignore the fact that the author either doesn't believe or chose not to mention that Jesus Christ is at the center of everything and He must be the foundation of our lives if the benefits from applying any of these principles that are shared within this book are to ever be fully realized. There is no denying that this is a good book that has the potential to help many readers, who take the principles shared in this book seriously and apply them; but it lacks the acknowledgment, mention and understanding of the foundation (Jesus Christ) that each of the success secrets are truly rooted in. This is an inspiring book that is definitely worth the read, but skewed perspectives of some vital and timeless principles hinders me from declaring it a must read for everyone. It's fun, impactful and will likely teach you a thing or two. If you can get pass or are willing to ignore the issues I mentioned above, this is a book that's sure to be enjoyed if you decide to read it. I received this book free from the publisher through their book review bloggers program and I was not required to write a positive review.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
Often times people think the "lucky people" catch all of the breaks in life. They don't see the work that goes into those "breaks." The Book of Mistakes by Skip Prichard follows David, a recent college graduate, as he navigates the world of work and life after college. Along with the story of David, we follow the story of an ancient manuscript that holds powerful life lessons for everyone if used correctly. As the Book of Mistakes begins, David is disheartened and stressed, living a life he isn't really sure he wants to be living. However, he doesn't know how to live the life he wants to either at this time. Then one day he meets a mysterious young woman and everything begins to change. It doesn't happen all at once, but throughout the book, we follow David as he changes his life through learning some ancient lessons one by one. Little by little his life begins to change. The Book of Mistakes is a sort of modern day parable that is packed with wisdom for living a better life at both work and at home. I enjoyed reading The Book of Mistakes and I also learned from this little book. I think this would be an especially good book for someone graduating from college. I wish I had had a copy when I was that age. However, it is a great book to read and reflect on at any age. I enjoyed both the main story and the story within the story. As I read through this book, I took some notes on how to make changes in my own life and to correct my own mistakes. It would be an especially good book to read through with a journal--spending some time reflecting on and figuring out how to apply what you are learning to your life. I would recommend it to anyone. I received this book from Hachette Book Group/Center Street Books. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.