The Power of Failure: 27 Ways to Turn Life's Setbacks Into Success
"Failure" is one of the most dreaded words in the English language. The very idea of failing is enough to stop most people in their tracks. It can cause the majority to simply pack up, turn around and retreat without even trying. Yet it is through seeming failure that most of life's greatest successes are achieved. The Power of Failure is designed to provide simple yet profound ways to turn what appear to be failures into successes. It contains practical prescriptions for successfully meeting some of life's most common setbacks. The lessons of this book can help us all find the opportunities that are just waiting to be discovered in the challenges we face every day. This book is about failure, but failure in a whole new light. It is about how to Fail To Succeed.
An important book at the right time!
By Mark Annett - March 28, 2002
"The Power of Failure" is the right book at the right time. The book is broken down into four sections all of which are needed by people at some point in their life.The first section, "Redefining Failure and Success", helps you reshape your thinking about failure by presenting the real life failures of some of the most influential people in industry today. This section was an "eye opener" for me, and had I read nothing else in the book, I would have been satisfied with section alone.The second section, "Winning Through Losing", presents very effective strategies that can be put to use on a daily basis to build winning personal relationships.The third section, "Coping with Failure", is probably the most important. Failure can be devastating and I have personally seen people that have never recovered from past failures. The emotional strength this chapter provides could be a great comfort to someone who is trying to cope with significant failure in their life.The final... read more
Failure as normal part of path to success
By Harold McFarland - November 15, 2002
Our society teaches us to fear failure. It teaches us that if a project or activity fails then we are a failure. This is a real problem because the only way we don't fail is if we don't try. Moving forward means that failure will happen at times. Instead of teaching that failure is personal in nature we need to redefine failure as part of the learning process. Failure has a purpose. Failure can be used to grow as a person or to redefine and improve a project or plan. "The Power of Failure: 27 Ways to Turn Life's Setbacks into Success" provides a framework for redefining failure and using it to get ahead and improve your life. Failure can be a devastating factor that completely stops a person in their tracks or it can be the tool that they use to become successful. The choice is yours. A highly recommended read.
A great addition to Charles C. Manz's other leadership books
By Michael Goldsby - November 27, 2002
Dr. Manz has provided academics and practitioners over the years with great books on leadership. In fact, for the last five years I have used his "Mastering Self Leadership" (co-authored with Christopher Neck) in my classes with great success. Students enjoy the straightforward writing style and messages in the book, and I appreciate the content because I know it is based on solid research that Dr. Manz has done over the years. Self-leadership is about influencing yourself to become the best you can be by utilizing your talents, handling obstacles, and completing hard-to-do tasks that others tend to avoid. However, in "The Power of Failure," Dr. Manz provides a much needed element missing from his previous books, and that is that sometimes as we take on challenges we will fail. Hard work and focus do not guarantee success in every endeavor. Yet, as Dr. Manz illustrates, the failure can actually be a learning experience and a step toward a future success... read more
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