I’m pleased to announce my new book release! Success from the Ashes is now available on Amazon.com.
It has become popular wisdom in social media circles that “If you want to succeed, then you have to fail more.” While this makes a nice rhetorical argument, the pain of failure remains a powerful enough deterrent to keep most of us from following that advice.
This book is inspired by the experience of coaching my sons through several losing seasons of recreational league baseball and football. Like most kids, my sons wanted to play for the fun of it. But, of course, they also wanted to experience winning. There were some rough seasons for them and, as a parent, you burn through all the timeworn platitudes pretty quickly. After a while, you run out of things to say to keep your kids positive and motivated. I put that experience into some song lyrics, and I’ll share those lyrics throughout the book.
We all have a capacity to manage, tolerate, or respond to failure. Some of us have a greater capacity than others. But the point is, everybody can overcome failure. What distinguishes us, perhaps, is how often we put ourselves in a position to take a risk and try something new, to achieve something we’ve never achieved. I know that my tolerance for this type of risk has grown. I may be more comfortable with failure than I should be, but failure doesn’t frighten me the way it did when I was in my teens or twenties.
Allow me to take you on a little journey through nine of my most notable failures or setbacks. I chose these examples because they are common to many people, and because each was followed by a success.
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