IN COUNTLESS STUDIES, PSYCHOLOGISTS HAVE DISCOVERED A SURPRISING FACT:
For decades they assumed that people who face adversity - a difficult childhood, career turbulence, sudden bouts of bad luck - will succumb to their circumstances. Yet over and over again they found a significant percentage are able to overcome their life circumstances and achieve spectacular success.
How is it that individuals who are not “supposed” to succeed manage to overcome the odds? Are there certain traits that such people have in common? Can the rest of us learn from their success and apply it to our own lives?
In Succeeding When You’re Supposed to Fail, Rom Brafman, psychologist and coauthor of the bestselling book Sway, set out to answer these questions. In a riveting narrative that interweaves compelling stories from education, the military, and business and a wide range of groundbreaking new research, Brafman identifies the six hidden drivers behind unlikely success. Among them:
©2011 Rom Brafman (P)2011 Random House Audio
Advance praise for Succeeding When You’re Supposed to Fail: “From the business world to the battlefield, this book will take you inside the moments that differentiate success from failure. One of the most engaging books I have read in the last decade.” (Tom Rath, author of Strengthsfinder 2.0)
“Some ‘high risk’ kids who are supposed to fail instead turn out to shine with success. The secret of this amazing resilience has been scientifically investigated by psychologists. Now Rom Brafman brings you the three secrets of resilience in the stories of these amazing people who ‘tunnel through adversity’ and into success. Now these secrets can be yours. This book will change lives.” (John M. Gottman, Ph.D., coauthor of The seven Principles for Making Marriage Work)
Critical Acclaim for Sway: “A provocative new book about the psychological forces that lead us to disregard facts or logic and behave in surprisingly irrational ways.” (New York Times)
My reading interests include business and organizational psychology books. In addition, I like mystery.
There were some salient points brought up by the author such as meaning/purpose, dealing with problems by addressing them head-on and realizing that you always have options for effectively dealing with issues/problems. However, the book is way too long!
I would have made this book more concise.
Very, very long!
I was not inspired to do anything, after I read the book, because the research and topics were mainly taken from cognitive psychology. If you really want to learn how to adopt the methodology that the author espouses, read the Feeling Good Handbook by Burns.
Succeeding When You're Supposed to Fail takes a close look at people who had everything in life stacked against them, and yet somehow succeeded. By looking at not only the stories, but years of research, the book examines six characteristics these people share.
It's inspiring and life-changing.
Brafman describes these people, who can seemingly tunnel through the chaos that is their lives and come out the other end, as
Insightful, succent, provoctavie
Service to making life better for the people they service.
It will probably take 50 years for the principles to be widely accepted. In the mean time, you can take advantage of the principles outlined in the book, make wise investments in your time and efforts and profit from them.
I would definitely recommend this book. The reason why is the format is easy to listen to and the information is easy to follow.
The information is researched based, but practical. Too many books focus solely on the psychology that it's almost not practical, let alone applicable.
The research that was referenced in this book seemed to have been done in more of real life settings with the intent on why one group of individuals do one thing while others react the way they do. Not in lab, but in real life situations.
The one thing I found that made this book worth it was the suggestions at the end. Following the flow of the book, the suggestions were real and can be implemented into life. I don't feel I need to see a professional to decipher the information and implement.
His enthusiastic voice
I listened to the book and it was nice and quick. A lot of the ideas or events he talks about i have heard in other "be successful" books, but overall I enjoyed the book and I recommended to others.
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