If you have a high fear of failure, you may be choosing tasks at which you are either certain to fail or certain to succeed. That is, if you're throwing rings at a peg, you will either stand so close that you can just lean over and lay down the rings, or you will stand so far back nobody will laugh at you when you miss the target.
There exists, Kelsey argues, a dichotomy between those who fear failure and those who don't. Most self-help books are aimed at the latter, because this phenomenon is so poorly understood. Which is why most of these books don't help any of those who feel inclined to read them.
Those with High Fear of Failure (High FF's) must recognize their disability, then accept it for what it is, and finally plan for how to achieve great things despite of it -- or perhaps with its aid.
In fact, when doing it right, High FF's may have better chances of becoming extraordinary leaders and successful entrepreneurs than others.
Kelsey's book is both personal, instructional and philosophical. Chances are high you will recognize yourself in his anecdotes, and find inspiration in his advise.
Whatever you think of Michael Moore's movies, you can't say the guy hasn't lived an interesting life. Listening in on his very personal anecdotes about everything from protesting Reagan at a SS soldier memorial in Bitburg, Germany; to receiving death threats after his memorable reception speech at the Oscar's in 2003, is truly an illuminating experience.
Growing up in Flint, Michigan, and experiencing the senseless business policies exerted upon the population by General Motors throughout the later half of the last century, Moore's heart lies firmly with the working class, and he seems always to be on a mission to speak their voice. Yet, this book is about Michael's voice.
Here Comes Trouble is organized into self-contained stories, ranging from starting up the Flint Voice newspaper in response to the established local news outlet being in the hands of GM, to personal conversations with a Roman Catholic bishop to the making of his first film Roger and Me.
Moore's ability to capture an audience easily transfers to a biographical format, due to his share willingness to expose his vulnerability. His insecurity, shyness and self-conscious affliction makes for a bumpy ride. As Moore himself admits, he is innately pessimistic about pretty much everything, even when he experiences success.
The pessimistic attitude mirrors Moore's gloomy character known from his documentary films, and his huge capacity for self-irony adds another dimension to whatever picture you may already have drawn from his political agenda.
Moore's films are centered on issues he cares about; this book is more about himself than anything else.
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