Rebounders by Rick Newman

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An entertaining use of case studies to support self-help activity.


Let’s face it: Setbacks happen, and failure is always a possibility. But here’s the good news: Amazing success has been achieved by people who once fell flat on their faces. The secret lies in how we respond to life’s bumps and pot holes and unwelcome detours—from getting fired or losing a business to enduring a professional rejection or pursuing a passion that fails to pan out. Misfortune, it turns out, can be a springboard to success.
In Rebounders, U.S. News & World Report journalist Rick Newman examines the rise and fall—and rise again—of some of our most prolific and productive figures in order to demystify the anatomy of resilience. He identifies nine key traits found in people who bounce back that can transform a setback into the first step toward great accomplishment. Newman turns many well-worn axioms on their head as he shows how virtually anybody can improve their resilience and get better at turning adversity into personal and professional achievement.
• Setbacks can be a secret weapon: They often teach vital things you’ll never learn in school, on the job, or from others.
• There are smart ways to fail: Once familiar with them, you’ll be more comfortable taking risks and less discouraged if they don’t pan out.
• “Defensive pessimism” trumps optimism: Planning for what could go wrong is often the best way to ensure that it doesn’t.
• Know when to quit: Walking away at the right time can free the resources you need to exploit better opportunities.
• “Own the suck”: When faced with true hardship, taking command of the pain and sorrow—rather than letting it command you—lays the groundwork for ultimately rising above it.
Each lesson is highlighted by candid and inspiring stories from notable people, including musician Lucinda Williams, tennis champ James Blake, inventor Thomas Edison, army veteran and double-amputee Tammy Duckworth, and Joe Torre, former manager of the New York Yankees.
In this uncertain and unstable time, Rebounders lays out the new rules for success and equips you with the tools you need to get ahead and thrive.

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About Rick Newman

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Rick Newman is chief business correspondent for U.S. News & World Report as well as a frequent commentator on MSNBC, CNN, Fox, NPR, and other TV and radio networks. He is the co-author of Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11 and Bury Us Upside Down: The Misty Pilots and the Secret Battle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail. He lives outside New York City.
Published May 1, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 257 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Mar 01 2012

An entertaining use of case studies to support self-help activity.

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Publishers Weekly

Mar 12 2012

This engaging work is sure to inspire readers to view adversity and failure from a new perspective, much as Bogle did when he said, “I have come to regard failure as another essential of leadership.”

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USA Today

Reviewed by Kerry Hannon on Jul 13 2012

...Newman's insights ring true, and serve up that elusive ingredient, hope, that folks who have taken some blows in these tricky economic times will find useful.

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Executive Street

Reviewed by Leo Bottary on May 14 2012

I want my daughters to read Rebounders as they work to shape their own lives – to realize as they begin their journey that the road to success and happiness is not always a straight one.

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