How Winners Pivot from Setback to Success
Setbacks happen. Mistakes are unavoidable. And failing stinks. But here’s the good news: Amazing success is often achieved by people who once fell flat on their faces.
The secret lies in how we respond to life’s bumps and pot- holes and unwelcome detours—from getting fired or losing a business to enduring a professional rejection or pursuing a passion that fails to pan out. Misfortune, it turns out, can be a springboard to success.
[Read an excerpt from Rebounders.]
In Rebounders, U.S. News & World Report journalist Rick Newman examines the rise and fall—and rise again—of some of our most prolific and productive figures in order to demystify the anatomy of resilience. He identifies 9 key traits found in Rebounders that can transform a setback into the first step toward great accomplishment. Newman turns many well-worn axioms on their head as he shows how virtually anybody can improve their resilience and get better at turning adversity into personal and professional achievement.
• Setbacks can be a secret weapon: They often teach vital things you’ll never learn in school, on the job, or from others.
• There are smart ways to fail: Once familiar with them, you’ll be more comfortable taking risks and less discouraged if they don’t pan out.
• “Defensive pessimism” trumps optimism: Planning for what could go wrong is often the best way to ensure that it doesn’t.
• Know when to quit: Walking away at the right time can free the resources you need to exploit better opportunities.
• “Own the suck”: When faced with true hardship, taking command of the pain and sorrow—rather than letting it command you—lays the groundwork for ultimately rising above it.
Each lesson is highlighted by candid and inspiring stories from notable people, including musician Lucinda Williams, tennis champ James Blake, inventor Thomas Edison, army veteran and double-amputee Tammy Duckworth, and Joe Torre, former manager of the New York Yankees.
In this uncertain and unstable time, Rebounders lays out the new rules for success and equips you with the tools you need to get ahead and thrive.
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Praise for Rebounders:
The best book ever written about what it takes to be resilient. ~ Robert Sutton / Stanford University, author of Good Boss, Bad Boss and The No Asshole Rule
Newman gives us all a roadmap to success. ~ Sydney Finkelstein / Dartmouth University, author of Why Smart Executives Fail
An exciting, refreshing, and desperately needed book. ~ William C. Taylor / co-founder of Fast Company and author of Practically Radical
A great read for strivers, entrepreneurs and anybody eager to get ahead. ~ Jane Bryant Quinn / Author of Making the Most of Your Money NOW
This book is full of valuable knowledge. Read it and reap the benefits! ~ Keith Cameron Smith / Author of The Top 10 Distinctions between Entrepreneurs and Employees
If the idea of failure makes you wither, read this book. If you want to know how to fail better, read this book. Only a Rebounder like Newman could clarify these lessons. And only a journalist like Newman could write about them with such clarity. ~ Erik Proulx / Filmmaker, "Lemonade" and "Lemonade: Detroit"