2 books finished in 2012: When Smart People Fail

2 books finished in 2012

Why are you reading this book?
I chose this book to fulfill a professional development requirement for my day job. Every fall, I set a growth goal that’s terrifying and barely attainable, because I’m such an optimist. It took me much longer to start this book than I’d care to admit.

What is the first line?
Probably you have already failed.

Describe the book in haiku form:
pick yourself up and
dust yourself off and then start
all over again

What will you do with it now?
x keep for reference x
keep and loan out to friends
keep to read again & again & again
post to paperbackswap.com
throw it away

Anything else you’d like to say?
Though it was difficult to start, and parts of the book were painful to read, it was encouraging overall. Their first goal was to normalize failure, to point out that most everyone has failed at one point or another, and the problem is not the failing itself but that nobody ever talks about it. There was a long section about the ways career failure can affect your personal life, and also a review of the stages of grief. And then they set out to redefine and reframe failure, encouraging you to see it as a teachable moment or an opportunity to branch out in new directions.

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