An engaging, inspiring exploration of the surprising value of setbacks—and how we can use them to succeed
As an award-winning sports journalist, Sam Weinman has long studied the ripple effects of losing. But as a father of two competitive boys, he struggled to convince them that failing—whether losing a hockey game or bombing a math test—can actually be a critical part of success. So he sought out the perspectives of men and women who have turned significant setbacks into meaningful comebacks—and sometimes even new careers—to illustrate how we can not only overcome defeat but grow stronger from the experience.
Blending firsthand interviews and advice from professional athletes, business executives, politicians, and Hollywood stars with expert analysis from leading psychologists and coaches, Win at Losing reveals how renowned figures—from Emmy Award–winning actress Susan Lucci to golfer Greg Norman and politician Michael Dukakis—have prevailed and even triumphed in the aftermath of loss, humiliation, and rejection. In showcasing the ways our most difficult moments can be turned into powerful growth opportunities, this lively and moving guide asks readers to redefine what constitutes success and failure, and offers an essential blueprint for harnessing the power of setbacks to achieve what we want in life.
Believing that people often benefit more from their defeats than from their victories, sports journalist Weinman, in his first book, interviews celebrated sports figures, prominent politicians, and entrepreneurs on the subject of managing setbacks and failures. The author wants his readers to know that learning from our past mistakes can help ease the pain of perceived failure. Chapter headings such as "Good Things Come out of Chaos" and "A Masters in Humility" capture his approach. Weinman engages his readers with a light, humorous tone while sharing stories from the likes of soap opera actress Susan Lucci and former presidential nominee Michael Dukakis about managing setbacks and emerging winners. By the author's own admission, he is a sports fanatic, which explains the scores of sports references. This is great news for the sports enthusiasts; others will wish Weinman had used more restraint. Throughout the inspiring accounts of failure and loss are brief summaries of terms such as fixed mind-sets, r sum virtues, and eulogy virtues. Readers (especially sports fans) interested in the subject of failure will enjoy this thought-provoking analysis of beneficial losses.
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A must read for people trying to do better
This book is a must read for every person who wants to be successful and who wants to be the best you can be.
It is impossible to strive for greatness without falling on your face, and this book is proof that you can learn from your losses and become even better.