Inman News had some nice things to say about Rebounders in a recent review:
Newman vividly tells these stories, then deftly uses them to surface dozens of nuanced insights with the power to spark and call forth the individual flavor of resilience within every reader.
Check out the complete review here.
On Psychology Today's Web site, psychologist John Manni wrote a nice post explaining how people who are unemployed or struggling with some kind of setback can cope with it in productive ways rather than blaming themselves or dwelling on past decisions. He also offered a few nice words for Rebounders, which he described as a "great resource that examines resilience." Here's are a few pragmatic thoughts from the article, which are similar to some of the takeaways in the last chapter of Rebounders:
There are some common traits among individuals who quickly move past failure and indeed benefit from it. They are able to step back and evaluate their failure. Their evaluation helps them pinpoint the factors that contributed to the setback. They learn to plan for failure in the future. More simply stated: they always have a plan A and a plan B. (More ... )
Westlake Magazine in southern California called Rebounders one of its "hot summer reads." Here's why:
A terrific nonfiction read, Rick Newman presents, many interesting examples of how famously successful people moved on from failure to achieve their goals. Newman includes stories from the lives of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, James Blake (a tennis player), Jon Luther (the CEO of Dunkin’ Donuts), Thomas Keller (a chef and restaurateur) and John Ratzenberger (an actor—“Cheers,” “Toy Story”). Newman shows how even through crushing failures and false starts these resilient people were able to beat the odds and become the famous success stories we know today. Follow Newman on his fascinating search for the characteristics these individuals share that made their success possible.
From USA Today's review of Rebounders:
Newman deftly profiles a dozen successful folks, from CEOs to entrepreneurs to musicians to athletes, to find out how setbacks make people stronger and smarter. The stories are rich.... Newman's insights ring true, and serve up that elusive ingredient, hope, that folks who have taken some blows in these tricky economic times will find useful. (Read the full review.)
Marty Nemko, host of "Work With Marty Nemko" on NPR affiliate KALW in San Francisco, invited me on his show recently to talk about Rebounders. Marty asked terrific questions and started out with fitting skepticism about rote "comeback" stories that the media tends to oversimplify. That set the stage for a lively discussion. My thanks to Marty for familiarirzing himself with my book and orchestrating a terrific conversation. You can listen here.
WLRN, the public radio affiliate in south Florida, devoted an hour recently to Rebounders and its lessons for ordinary people. Host Joseph Cooper of the program Topical Currents did a terrific job asking insightful questions on helicopter parenting, optimism and the many myths of success. You can listen in here.
U.S. News & World Report ran a nice excerpt from Rebounders, from the chapter on Tammy Duckworth, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot who lost her legs when her chopper got shot down in Iraq in 2004. Duckworth described to me how a sense of mission allowed her to endure agonizing pain, overcome the despair that is a natural byproduct of sudden disability, and develop newfound courage that allowed her to try things she never would have dreamed of before the shoot-down. Chances are, you'll hear more about Tammy Duckworth in the future. From the excerpt:
One day toward the end of 2004, 36-year-old Tammy Duckworth awoke in a hospital room, wondering where she was and what had happened. As consciousness came and went, she heard doctors and nurses talking about a helicopter crash. It came back to her in fragmented, terrifying snapshots. Iraq. Heat. Sky. Dust. A deafening flash. Screeching machinery. Blood. Fear. Something terrible had happened, and she had been in the middle of it. (More ....)
Radio host Jim Blasingame of Small Business Radio invited me on his show to discuss some of the lessons in Rebounders for small-business owners. During the first segment, we talked about how to tell if it's time to walk away from a business or other idea that isn't working--one of the most difficult challenges a small-business owner can ever face. During the second segment, we discussed optimism and why it can be dangerous if you believe that things will automatically work out. Jim is a passionate champion of small business who conducted a lively and intelligent interview. One observation of his that I particularly enjoyed:
In small business, a wallower is known as an employee. Or unemployed. There's no crying in baseball and there's no whining in small business.
At the recent Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, I bumped into Leo Bottary of Vistage International, the CEO peer-advisory group. Leo bought a copy of Rebounders and graciously asked me to sign it. Then, after reading it, he posted a heartfelt blog entry, relating some of the ups and downs in his own career that Rebounders made him think about: (more…)
I started my career in journalism as a fact-checker, and I hate published mistakes as much as anybody. But I also know it's impossible to prevent all of them, especially in something as wide-ranging as a book can be.
So I must grudginly acknowledge two mistakes in Rebounders that I am aware of:
On p. 13, it says that "America itself essentially failed under the Articles of Constitution...." Obviously I meant to say the Articles of Confederation. I went back through various versions of the manuscript to see how this embarrassing mistake happened, and it looks as if I wrote it this way from the very beginning. I re-read the manuscript many times afterward and never noticed the mistake. The source for this passage was Catherine Drinker Bowen's superb Miracle at Philadelphia, which is about the drafting of the Constitution, so I suppose I simply had the word "constitution" on my mind while working on this section and never noticed that the wrong word was there. It's funny what tricks your mind can play on you.
On p. 23, it says that Thomas Edison's losses on his Ogden mine works totaled more than $2 million, which would be the equivalent of $50 today. Spot the error? It should be $50 million today, not $50. The word "million" was inadvertantly deleted somwhere in the editing process.
I wish I could correct these errors immediately in the copies of Rebounders now on sale, but unfortunately I can't. We'll fix them in future editions.
HuffingtonPost contributing editor Debra Ollivier ran a nice Q&A with me on Rebounders, with a slide show highlighting several attributes of Rebounders I identify in the book.
In his compelling new book, Newman deconstructs the core strengths of rebounders. One of them is resilience, which Newman defines as the capacity not only to cope with adversity, but to overcome it, learn from it and be transformed by it. Newman explores this "vital human quality" from every angle ... (more).
If you’ve ever eaten in an airport, noshed on fried chicken, or snuck away for a cup of coffee and a donut, chances are Jon Luther had a role in your meal. But it took a late-in-the-game comeback for Luther to leave his mark on America’s palate.
At the age of 48, Luther left a safe corporate job with the Marriott hospitality firm to chase a longtime dream: Running his own restaurant chain. It would grow quickly, like the next Friday’s or Hard Rock Café, showcasing Luther’s talent for branding and marketing and earning him a generous windfall. (more…)
Risk Management magazine ran a nice review of Rebounders:
Everyone faces failure in their lives. But regardless of whether failure comes in the form of a personal crisis or a business setback, it's not about how you fail, but what you do next. For many people, failure is devastating. It spells the end of the line and goals that will forever remain unmet. But others seem to possess an ability to bounce back and use failure as a springboard for greater things. Author and chief business correspondent for U.S. News and World Report Rick Newman calls these people "rebounders" and suggests that this seemingly innate skill is something that anyone can acquire. (Read more....) (more…)
When I started researching my book Rebounders: How Winners Pivot From Setback To Success, I thought I’d have trouble finding high achievers who struggled before hitting the big time.
Wrong. One of the surprising insights I gained from writing this book is that most successful people have struggled along the way. Whether your favorite role model is a CEO, an entrepreneur, a sports star or an entertainer, odds are he or she failed at something or endured some unforeseen hardship on the way to the top. (more…)
St. Louis Magazine (published in the city where I was born and lived for a couple years) published an early review of Rebounders:
.... Rebounders is an intriguing and potentially inspiring nonfiction book that never sinks to sentimentality, but uses facts to show that as we push through adversity (including this recession), we can learn to pick ourselves up. (Read more .... )
If you'd like to sample Rebounders, here's the Introduction, which explains why I wanted to write this book, a bit of what I discovered, and how I hope the book helps readers. I used the Intro to explain a few of my own struggles and share the four surprise about failure that I discovered while researching this book. I also describe my informal methodology for determining who's a Rebounder and who's a Walllower. Feel free to leave comments below and let me know what you think.
The New York Post recently invited me to explain (okay, guess) why Tiger Woods is having so much trouble returning to his old form:
Sports fans would be thrilled. Detractors would forgive his transgressions. A Tiger Woods comeback would complete the all-American script: the rise to stardom, the abrupt downfall, the gritty climb back to the top.
Except that Woods can’t seem to pull it off...