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The Art of Failing
Author: Anthony McGowan
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1786071835
Pages: 288
Year: 2017-09-07
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HAUNTED! By endless tiny humiliations. STRUGGLING! To resurrect the corpse of his literary career. ENSNARED! In a loving yet perplexing marriage. Anthony McGowan is a man at odds with the universe. Stumbling from one improbable fiasco to the next, patrolling the mean streets of West Hampstead like some unholy cross between Columbo, J. Alfred Prufrock and a common tramp, he ponders the very stuff of life itself. For McGowan that’s holed socks, unsatisfactory packed lunches, athlete’s foot powder, Kierkegaard, the eccentricities of the British Library, liver salts, Morrissey and disapproving ladies on trains... Relentlessly honest, exquisitely funny, The Art of Failing is a paean to the glory and desperation of everyday existence.himself at sea.
The Art of Failure
Author: Jesper Juul
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262313138
Pages: 176
Year: 2013-02-22
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We may think of video games as being "fun," but in The Art of Failure, Jesper Juul claims that this is almost entirely mistaken. When we play video games, our facial expressions are rarely those of happiness or bliss. Instead, we frown, grimace, and shout in frustration as we lose, or die, or fail to advance to the next level. Humans may have a fundamental desire to succeed and feel competent, but game players choose to engage in an activity in which they are nearly certain to fail and feel incompetent. So why do we play video games even though they make us unhappy? Juul examines this paradox. In video games, as in tragic works of art, literature, theater, and cinema, it seems that we want to experience unpleasantness even if we also dislike it. Reader or audience reaction to tragedy is often explained as catharsis, as a purging of negative emotions. But, Juul points out, this doesn't seem to be the case for video game players. Games do not purge us of unpleasant emotions; they produce them in the first place. What, then, does failure in video game playing do? Juul argues that failure in a game is unique in that when you fail in a game, you (not a character) are in some way inadequate. Yet games also motivate us to play more, in order to escape that inadequacy, and the feeling of escaping failure (often by improving skills) is a central enjoyment of games. Games, writes Juul, are the art of failure: the singular art form that sets us up for failure and allows us to experience it and experiment with it. The Art of Failure is essential reading for anyone interested in video games, whether as entertainment, art, or education.
The Queer Art of Failure
Author: Judith Halberstam
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822350459
Pages: 211
Year: 2011-09-19
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The Queer Art of Failure is about finding alternatives - to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing; and to cultural criticism that has extensively theorized hegemony but paid little attention to counter-hegemony. Judith Halberstam proposes "low theory" as a means of recovering ways of being and forms of knowledge not legitimized by existing systems and institutions. Low theory is derived from eccentric archives. It runs the risk of not being taken seriously. It entails a willingness to fail and to lose one's way. Tacking back and forth between high theory and low theory, high culture and low culture, Halberstam looks for the unexpected and subversive in popular culture, avant-garde performance, and queer art. She pays particular attention to animated children's films, contending that new forms of animation, especially CGI, have generated narratives filled with unexpected encounters between the childish, the transformative, and the queer. Dismantling contemporary logics of success, Halberstam demonstrates that failure sometimes offers more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world.
The Art of Failure
Author: Neel Burton
Publisher:
ISBN: 0956035337
Pages: 197
Year: 2010
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We spend most of our time and energy chasing ‘success', such that we have little left over for thinking and feeling, being and relating. As a result, we fail in the deepest possible way. We fail as human beings. The Art of Failure explores what it means to be successful, and how – if at all – true success can be achieved. Dr Neel Burton is a psychiatrist and philosopher who lives and teaches in Oxford, England. His other books include The Meaning of Madness and Plato’s Shadow, both also with Acheron Press.
Diary of a Failure
Author: Eric McNeal
Publisher:
ISBN: 1499135521
Pages: 162
Year: 2014-05-09
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Fitch and Sam grew up together, but they choose different paths in life! One leads to failure and one to success. Follow the year-long journey the two friends take trying to reach their dreams. In their own words, Fitch and Sam share why they make the choices they do. You will discover how those choices work for or against each of them. Diary of a Failure is a must-have book for anyone who feels defeated by failure or has a fear of failure. You will learn: * Over 60 incredible laws of success, told in an easy-to-read narrative story * How to understand and apply success principles in your own life * Failure is not fatal and how to use failures as stepping stones to success * Why it is ultimately the choices we make in life that determine our destinies Fitch and Sam have a lot that happens during the year. Their diary journals tell a story we all can relate to - the struggles of obtaining our goals. Fitch wants to make it big with a band and Sam wants to study robotics in college. They both have the same opportunities. The only thing separating the two, is the way they see their world. Read this book, and learn about success laws without even realizing it!
The Gift of Failure
Author: Jessica Lahey
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062299247
Pages: 304
Year: 2015-08-11
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the tradition of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed and Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, this groundbreaking manifesto focuses on the critical school years when parents must learn to allow their children to experience the disappointment and frustration that occur from life’s inevitable problems so that they can grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults. Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to school at the whim of a phone call to deliver forgotten assignments, who challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children’s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher and writer Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children’s well being, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure—or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems. Overparenting has the potential to ruin a child’s confidence and undermine their education, Lahey reminds us. Teachers don’t just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. They teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint, and foresight—important life skills children carry with them long after they leave the classroom. Providing a path toward solutions, Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most importantly, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures. Hard-hitting yet warm and wise, The Gift of Failure is essential reading for parents, educators, and psychologists nationwide who want to help children succeed.
The Up Side of Down
Author: Megan McArdle
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143126369
Pages: 299
Year: 2015
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McArdle weaves together corporate case studies of triumphs and flops, core findings of behavioral economics, and her own bad luck in losing a succession of jobs during the Great Recession. . . . To get where you want to go, McArdle sagely notes, you must first give yourself permission to suck. Seeing how this epiphany earns her a freer, failure-embracing growth mindset is like watching a flower unfold. McArdle combines a shrewd knowledge of economics and practical experience with a writing style that every so often segues into comedy monologue. . . . Americans fail a lot, she argues. . . . But good judgment comes from experience. And experience comes from bad judgment from failures. The key question is how you respond, whether you learn from failure and rebound.
The Importance of Failing Well
Author: Lance G. King
Publisher:
ISBN: 0473299178
Pages:
Year: 2014
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The Rise
Author: Sarah Lewis
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451629257
Pages: 272
Year: 2014-03-04
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From celebrated art historian, curator, and teacher Sarah Lewis, a fascinating examination of how our most iconic creative endeavors—from innovation to the arts—are not achievements but conversions, corrections after failed attempts. The gift of failure is a riddle: it will always be both the void and the start of infinite possibility. The Rise—part investigation into a psychological mystery, part an argument about creativity and art, and part a soulful celebration of the determination and courage of the human spirit—makes the case that many of the world’s greatest achievements have come from understanding the central importance of failure. Written over the course of four years, this exquisite biography of an idea is about the improbable foundations of a creative human endeavor. Each chapter focuses on the inestimable value of often ignored ideas—the power of surrender, how play is essential for innovation, the “near win” can help propel you on the road to mastery, the importance of grit and creative practice. The Rise shares narratives about figures past and present that range from choreographers, writers, painters, inventors, and entrepreneurs; Frederick Douglass, Samuel F.B. Morse, Diane Arbus, and J.K. Rowling, for example, feature alongside choreographer Paul Taylor, Nobel Prize–winning physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, and Arctic explorer Ben Saunders. With valuable lessons for pedagogy and parenting, for innovation and discovery, and for self-direction and creativity, The Rise “gives the old chestnut ‘If at first you don’t succeed…’ a jolt of adrenaline” (Elle).
Failing Upwards
Author: Benjamin A. Chapin
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1499643292
Pages: 48
Year: 2014-05-01
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"When I think of failure, I like to think of it as a hurdle on a race track. It is up ahead of myself (the runner) and I need to calculate when to change my direction upwards. Is my hurdle (failure) the end of the road? No, it's just an obstacle in the way I need to overcome in order to cross the finish line. That explains what this book is about in a nut shell." ~ Benjamin A. Chapin Failure is a part of every great success we have in life. Instead of having fear, we need to embrace failure firmly, look for the signs and learn every time we face it. Failure is not a burden and offers incredible value if we know how to approach it. This book was written to help people embrace that concept. At the end of this book, you will have a firm understanding of failure and how to use it to your benefit. What You Will Learn• Control the fears of failure in your mind • Discover what failure looks like and how to handle it • Learn from the failures of the past • Experience the joy of helping others through their own failures Does failure hold you back?Do you dwell on thoughts of failure in the areas you are trying to progress in? Do you attempt to avoid failure at all costs? Does it seem you just keep failing at every turn? Do you want to better your life? Do you have a desire to help others through their own failures? If you answered "Yes" to some or all of these questions, you will benefit from this book. Failure will happen in life with everything we attempt to do. At some point, you are going to fail and you have to recognize that failure when it happens so you can pivot your direction and continue upwards toward your success.
Failing My Way to Success
Author: Steve Lobel
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1483565661
Pages: 200
Year: 2016-04-01
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Steve Lobel has been sharing his story for many years. Once owner of a beloved gourmet food market, Cowan & Lobel, he is now vice-president of a successful independent insurance agency, an angel investor to entrepreneurs and a philanthropist who loves to give back to his community. This is the same community who helped him when he was in the worst professional shape of his life. Failing My Way to Success is an inspiring read that documents several personal and business failures that eventually led Lobel to success. Lobel began giving Failing My Way To Success as a talk to college students many years ago. Based on its popularity, he then shared it with entrepreneurs and business leaders. The talk was deigned to inspire and encourage anyone who dreams of possibilities. Lobel said, “When I began telling my story the feedback was incredibly motivating. Even though it was hard to talk about failure, the more I told it, the better I felt. It has become cathartic. Over the years I’ve had students and professionals tell me that it has changed their perspectives and their lives. This is simply one of the many reasons I continue to share the story and have written this book. It may sound odd, but I hope to encourage others through my failures.” Failing My Way to Success is full of practical lessons and inspirational advice for business students, young entrepreneurs, mid-career seekers and anyone confronting defeat on the way to prosperity, stability and peace of mind. Lobel said, “I believe my story has inspirational messages and life lessons anyone can take away and apply.” Three decades ago Lobel opened The Cheese Connection, a specialty shop that inspired taste for gourmet food. Lobel became well known in the region when he co-founded the gourmet market Cowan & Lobel, which helped to transform Stuyvesant Plaza, a local outdoor shopping area, providing it with a new level of sophistication. Failing My Way to Success reveals the story of what really happened compelling Lobel to part ways with partner Cowan leaving his dreams behind. Shaken by the loss of Cowan & Lobel, Lobel engaged himself in a new venture that ended in financial disaster. Professionally and personally he hit rock bottom and his life fell into a state of total disarray. Lobel shares his struggle through these times and lessons learned that has ultimately led to his current success. “After reading it through, I hope people come away with less fear and actually welcome the possibly of taking a risk in life. Failure is an event and not a person. It’s really important to know and to honor oneself. The former president of University at Albany, Karen Hitchcock, reviewed the memoir and said, “Failing My Way to Success is a searingly honest account of an individual’s willingness to risk everything to achieve his dreams. In the revealing and beautifully written narrative, Steve Lobel offers a powerful message of persistence and courage of caring and giving back, one which will benefit all of us.” Lobel has won numerous awards for his public service. He is a major contributor to the Capital Region through his contributions as an angel investor and his dedication to the arts and social services. Formerly chairman of the board for the Albany Symphony Orchestra, he lifted the orchestra to new heights. Lobel is also an accomplished documentary photographer. His 2006 book Recognition Beyond Burned documents the stories of burn survivors and accompanied an exhibition of powerful, compassionate portraits. He has practiced socially conscious portraiture including documenting at-risk children in Nicaragua. In 2009, he co-founded the Center for Documentary Arts at The Sage Colleges. Lobel said, “I believe my story of both failure and success resonates with everyone on some level. Each time I tell the story it is my hope that it opens a new door for someone to share their difficulties and discover how they can transform their own life experience.”
The Briefing
Author: Sean Spicer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1621578151
Pages: 256
Year: 2018-07-24
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NOW A NATIONAL BESTSELLER! Wall Street Journal Bestseller USA Today Bestseller Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Conservative Book Club Bestseller “One of the best reads of 2018." — Sean Hannity "The book is well worth your time." — Megyn Kelly "A story told with both heart and knowledge. Really good, go get it!" — President Donald J. Trump No job is more of a pressure cooker than being a White House press secretary…especially in this White House. For more than two decades, Sean Spicer had been a respected political insider, working as a campaign and communications strategist. But in December 2016, he got the call of a lifetime. President-elect Donald J. Trump had chosen him to be the White House press secretary. And life hasn’t been the same since. When he accepted the job, Spicer was far from a household name. But then he walked into the bright lights of the briefing room, and the cameras started rolling. His every word was scrutinized. Every movement was parodied. Every detail became a meme. And that’s just the public side. Behind the scenes, things were almost as difficult in an administration plagued by leaks that frustrated and angered both Spicer and the president. Not to mention the extraordinary pressures on Spicer’s family and his faith. Now, in his provocative and enlightening political memoir, The Briefing, Spicer reveals the truth behind some of the biggest news stories of our time, and he offers a glimpse into what it’s like to stand at the press secretary’s podium—and how he got there. The Briefing is the first insider account written by someone who worked on the Trump campaign, with the Trump transition team, and in the Trump White House—and has seen Donald Trump rallying voters, building an administration, and making crucial policy decisions. Spicer’s riveting and personal account makes The Briefing the must-read political memoir of the year.
Art of Falling
Author: Kathryn Craft
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402285213
Pages: 368
Year: 2014-01-28
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One Wrong Step Could Send Her Over the Edge All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance—and when that chance is taken from her, it pushes her to the brink of despair, from which she might never return. When she wakes up after a traumatic fall, bruised and battered but miraculously alive, Penny must confront the memories that have haunted her for years, using her love of movement to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Kathryn Craft's lyrical debut novel is a masterful portrayal of a young woman trying to come to terms with her body and the artistic world that has repeatedly rejected her. The Art of Falling expresses the beauty of movement, the stasis of despair, and the unlimited possibilities that come with a new beginning.
The Art of Being Normal
Author: Lisa Williamson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 0374302391
Pages: 288
Year: 2016-05-31
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David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he's gay. The school bully thinks he's a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long , and soon everyone knows that Leo used to be a girl. As David prepares to come out to his family and transition into life as a girl and Leo wrestles with figuring out how to deal with people who try to define him through his history, they find in each other the friendship and support they need to navigate life as transgender teens as well as the courage to decide for themselves what normal really means.
Adapt
Author: Tim Harford
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429920688
Pages: 320
Year: 2011-05-10
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In this groundbreaking book, Tim Harford, the Undercover Economist, shows us a new and inspiring approach to solving the most pressing problems in our lives. When faced with complex situations, we have all become accustomed to looking to our leaders to set out a plan of action and blaze a path to success. Harford argues that today's challenges simply cannot be tackled with ready-made solutions and expert opinion; the world has become far too unpredictable and profoundly complex. Instead, we must adapt. Deftly weaving together psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, physics, and economics, along with the compelling story of hard-won lessons learned in the field, Harford makes a passionate case for the importance of adaptive trial and error in tackling issues such as climate change, poverty, and financial crises—as well as in fostering innovation and creativity in our business and personal lives. Taking us from corporate boardrooms to the deserts of Iraq, Adapt clearly explains the necessary ingredients for turning failure into success. It is a breakthrough handbook for surviving—and prospering— in our complex and ever-shifting world.

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