In Praise of Failure

Author: Mark H. Anshel
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442251588
Release Date: 2016-03-17
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Many of our greatest athletes, scientists, and entertainers failed repeatedly throughout their careers, yet they refused to allow past mistakes stop them from striving for future success. Instead, they turned those so-called failures into opportunities to learn, improve, and eventually earn the achievements they are celebrated for today. Why, then, is failure considered negative in our society? Perhaps failure is not, in fact, something to be avoided, but something to be encouraged. In Praise of Failure: The Value of Overcoming Mistakes in Sports and in Life aims to change the way our society defines and perceives what is commonly called “failure.” Mark H. Anshel provides a refreshing, new perspective on how we can embrace failure as part of the process of achieving and succeeding at the highest level. Anshel uses sports psychology in a grounded, easy-to-read manner to examine failure in sports settings, revealing that not only is failure inevitable in an imperfect world, it is essential. He addresses such issues as how to properly promote failure in sport and exercise settings, how errors lead to improvement, ways to constructively cope with failure, and how to help child athletes fail “safely.” In the process, Anshel shows that the highest-performing athletes have one characteristic in common—they learned and improved from apparent setbacks. In Praise of Failure shares stories of professional athletes, business professionals, scholars, and famous inventors who failed repeatedly before attaining their dreams, revealing the integral role failure plays in success. Offering a fresh and exciting take on how to approach the failures we face in life, this book will be invaluable for athletes, coaches, exercise and fitness trainers, dieticians, students, and even for the corporate world.

Kleiner Versager

Author: Gary Shteyngart
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 9783644037519
Release Date: 2015-07-31
Genre: Fiction

Igor, ein asthmatischer kleiner Junge, der mit seinen Eltern in Leningrad lebt, wächst mit Sehnsüchten auf: nach Essen, nach Bestätigung, nach Wörtern. Als er fünf ist, schreibt er unter dem Einfluss seines Lieblingsbuchs «Die wunderbare Reise des kleinen Nils Holgersson mit den Wildgänsen» seinen ersten Roman, «Lenins wunderbare Wildgänse», und seine Großmutter gibt ihm für jede Seite eine Scheibe Käse. Damit er weiter zu Kräften kommt und auch seine Höhenangst überwindet, bringt sein Vater im Wohnzimmer eine Sprossenwand an, und trotz Schwindel und Schweißausbrüchen träumt Igor hoch droben, er werde Kosmonaut. Zwei Jahre später, 1979, wandert die jüdische Familie nach Amerika aus, aber erst unterwegs erfährt er mit Schrecken, wohin die Reise geht: «zum Feind». Und doch findet Igor, der sich nun Gary nennt, in New York seine erste Spielkameradin überhaupt, ein Mädchen, dem ein Auge fehlt. «Ich bin Einwanderer, und sie hat nur ein Auge, also sind wir gleich.» Diese Geschichte eines Jungen, der von seinen Eltern zärtlich «kleiner Versager» genannt wird, weil man ihn zwar abgöttisch liebt, aber nicht so recht an sein Glück und seinen Erfolg im Leben glaubt, ist ein an Menschenkenntnis und Emotionen beglückend reiches Buch – voller Humor, obwohl die Familie wegen Hitler und Stalin nicht viel zu lachen hat und Alltagsnöte sich auftürmen wie Berge. Eine berührende und zugleich komische Kindheitsgeschichte: fesselnd, meisterhaft und – da sie Gary Shteyngarts eigene Geschichte ist – auch wahr.

Lob des M iggangs

Author: Bertrand Russell
Publisher:
ISBN: 3423308516
Release Date: 2002
Genre:

Der Philosoph, Sozialkritiker und Nobelpreisträger Bertrand Russell behandelt in 15 Aufsätzen und Glossen eine Vielfalt an Themen. Das Spektrum reicht von den Vorteilen des Müßiggangs über soziale Aspekte der Architektur, 'unnützes Wissen', die Licht- und Schattenseiten von Kapitalismus, Faschismus, Kommunismus bis zu der Frage 'Was ist die Seele?' oder das Verhältnis von Menschen und Insekten. Obwohl diese Betrachtungen erstmals 1957 erschienen, sind sie doch von überraschender Aktualität, etwa bezüglich des globalen Kapitalismus, Fragen der Erziehung oder des Verhältnisses von Arbeit und Freizeit. Mit Witz und Scharfsinn argumentiert Russell für die Notwendigkeit einer geistigen Unvoreingenommenheit und die Bereitschaft, dogmatische Auffassungen immer wieder kritisch zu hinterfragen.

Das Black Box Prinzip

Author: Matthew Syed
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 9783423430654
Release Date: 2016-11-11
Genre: Psychology

Analysieren statt vertuschen Menschen, die gezielt aus Fehlern lernen, anstatt sie zu vertuschen oder anderen in die Schuhe zu schieben, nennt Matthew Syed Black-Box-Denker. Dazu sind jedoch nur wenige in der Lage. Auch in vielen Unternehmen geht man mit Misserfolgen nicht offen und ohne Schuldzuweisungen um. Syed bietet aufschlussreiche Analysen für dieses Verhalten. Zu welchen Erfolgen hingegen ein offensiver Umgang mit Fehlern führen kann, zeigt Syed anhand konkreter Beispiele, aus der Welt des Sports oder von erfolgreichen Unternehmen wie Google, Pixar oder Dropbox.

Die Kreativit ts AG

Author: Ed Catmull
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 9783446440616
Release Date: 2014-09-29
Genre: Business & Economics

Für jedes Unternehmen stehen Innovation und Kreativität ganz oben auf der Wunschliste. Doch nur wenige schaffen es, immer wieder Neues zu entwickeln. Pixar ist eines dieser Unternehmen. Die Pixar Animation Studios schreiben seit über 25 Jahren Erfolgsgeschichte mit Blockbustern wie "Toy Story", "Findet Nemo", "Cars" und vielen mehr. Ed Catmull, einer der Gründer von Pixar, gibt in seinem Buch tiefe Einblicke in die Unternehmensführung und das Management dieses außergewöhnlichen Unternehmens. Er zeigt, wie man mit Unsicherheit umgeht, zerstörerische Kräfte überwindet – und warum man viel mehr erreicht, wenn man den Mitarbeitern Freiheit gibt, statt sie zu kontrollieren.

Selbstbild

Author: Carol Dweck
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 9783492972826
Release Date: 2016-05-02
Genre: Psychology

Spitzensportler, Geigenvirtuosen, Elitestudenten, Karrieremenschen – in der Regel sprechen wir Erfolge den Begabungen des Menschen zu. Doch dieser Glaube ist nicht nur falsch, er hindert auch unser persönliches Fortkommen und schränkt unser Potenzial ein. Die Psychologin Carol Dweck beweist: Entscheidend für die Entwicklung eines Menschen ist nicht das Talent, sondern das eigene Selbstbild. Was es damit auf sich hat, wie Ihr eigenes Selbstbild aussieht und wie Sie diese Erkenntnisse für sich persönlich nutzen können, erfahren Sie in diesem Buch.

Singapore 2065

Author: Euston Quah
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9789814663397
Release Date: 2015-07-30
Genre: Social Science

As Singapore enters its 50th year of independence, it is a time for introspection to look back at the successes and challenges of the past, but is also a crucial time to consider what the future holds for the nation. Singapore 2065: Leading Insights on Economy and Environment from 50 Singapore Icons and Beyond is one such key contribution to the endeavour of thinking about what lies ahead. While many forthcoming projects and books take a more retrospective approach reflecting upon Singapore's past, this book adopts a forward-looking perspective, contemplating Singapore's distant future, which is important for posterity. This book is a collection of key insights from 50 iconic individuals of Singapore and beyond, and contains reasoned arguments, speculations and visionary expectations of Singapore's future in 50 years' time. The book discusses the distant future of Singapore's economy and the environment. What will Singapore's economic and environment landscape be like 50 years from now? Are there trends or scenarios common to the various discussions contained in this book? If there are, how big would be the impact of some of these trends? What and how should the government respond to these projections, expectations and informed visions of tomorrow? In sum, what would Singapore's economy and environment be like in 2065? The book explores a range of possible answers to these questions and more. Not only will the generations of today be able to gain much insight into Singapore's future by reading this book, but future generations, specifically 100 years after Singapore's independence, will be able to understand and affirm what and how today's generations think about their time. The book is a key contribution to envisioning Singapore's future, which is also vital for understanding what shapes Singapore's landscape today. Contents: --> Readership: Educational institutions of higher levels; research institutions; various professional societies; the Singapore government and ministries; foreign governments; and general readers who are interested in finding out more about what leaders in Singapore envision for Singapore's future. Key Features:Contains contributed essays by very prominent Singapore icons, and edited by a leading and influential academic economistContains futuristic, leading insights and predictions, novel ideas, covering a wide range of topicsTimely publication to coincide with and celebrate Singapore's 50th anniversary of independenceKeywords:Singapore's Future;Economy;Environment;Transportation;Quality of Life;Energy;Demographics;Aging;Social Security;Income Inequality;Family;Technology;Public Finance;Finance;Taxes;Gender and Women;Trade;Geopolitical and Political Economy;Infrastructure;Resources;Connectivity;ASEAN;China;SEAReview: "A stunning collection of perspectives across the spectrum, Singapore 2065 presents a compelling look into the future through a series of thought provoking insights. This volume also celebrates the country's exceptional success, retelling the invaluable stories and anecdotes that have paved Singapore's tremendous journey over the last 50 years. As Singapore continues to chart into the next half century, Singapore 2065 leaves plenty to ponder and will remain a valuable repository of knowledge for many years to come." Bertil Andersson President Nanyang Technological University "Singapore 2065 has brought together a diverse and intriguing range of ideas and insights from a rich cross-section of contributors: policy makers, researchers, close observers of Singapore, student leaders, and others. These essays reflect on Singapore's remarkable progress and development over the past half-century, and explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Over the next 50 years, the world will continue to be an uncertain place, offering exciting opportunities, but subject to bouts of deep uncertainty and disruptive events and trends. Ultimately, Singapore's continued success over the next 50 years will depend less on our material resources, but on our people, and specifically our key attributes of nimbleness, adaptability, creativity, resilience and the willingness to strive for a common purpose." Tan Chorh Chuan President National University of Singapore "Singapore's success came in large part from its continuous efforts to anticipate what changes are likely, not often looking as far as ahead as 50 years ahead, but certainly not afraid to try. Here are 50 minds stretching forward into the 21st century — confirming that the city-state's spirit lives on. I am confident that our environment will have a better future thanks to the projections in this volume. Everyone who cares should read and think about them." Wang Gungwu Chairman East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore "There are few issues that are more important than the economy and the environment in the 21st century for any country. They are especially important to Singapore, given its size and open economy. As the nation celebrates its 50th birthday, justifiably proud of its achievement, it is also timely to contemplate what the future might hold and what we need to do to ensure continued success as a nation. In Singapore 2065, you will find food for thought. What is of particular interest is that the deeply thoughtful essays collected in this volume crisscross at different points, and also raise a number of fundamental issues concerning value and identity that are inextricably tied to Singapore's future development. This book certainly provides keen insight into the economic and environmental challenges we face, but it also compels us to reflect on the larger story of "Majulah Singapura" as we march into the future." Alan K L Chan Dean, College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Nanyang Technological University

Redefreiheit

Author: Timothy Garton Ash
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 9783446254251
Release Date: 2016-09-26
Genre: Political Science

Noch nie konnten so viele Menschen wie heute ihre Meinung auf der ganzen Welt verbreiten. Internet und Globalisierung haben eine neue Epoche der Redefreiheit möglich gemacht, gleichzeitig provozieren sie neue kulturelle und religiöse Konflikte. Müssen wir rassistische Kommentare auf Facebook hinnehmen? Darf Satire den Propheten Mohammed verhöhnen? 2011 hat Timothy Garton Ash eine Debatte angestoßen, seitdem diskutieren Teilnehmer aus der ganzen Welt die Frage, wie wir in Zukunft vernünftig unsere Standpunkte austauschen, wie wir das Recht auf Redefreiheit genauso wie die Würde Andersdenkender sichern können. Es ist der Stoff für sein neues Buch: Ein Standardwerk zur Redefreiheit im 21. Jahrhundert.

Missing Out

Author: Adam Phillips
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429949538
Release Date: 2013-01-22
Genre: Psychology

A transformative book about the lives we wish we had and what they can teach us about who we are All of us lead two parallel lives: the one we are actively living, and the one we feel we should have had or might yet have. As hard as we try to exist in the moment, the unlived life is an inescapable presence, a shadow at our heels. And this itself can become the story of our lives: an elegy to unmet needs and sacrificed desires. We become haunted by the myth of our own potential, of what we have in ourselves to be or to do. And this can make of our lives a perpetual falling-short. But what happens if we remove the idea of failure from the equation? With his flair for graceful paradox, the acclaimed psychoanalyst Adam Phillips suggests that if we accept frustration as a way of outlining what we really want, satisfaction suddenly becomes possible. To crave a life without frustration is to crave a life without the potential to identify and accomplish our desires. In this elegant, compassionate, and absorbing book, Phillips draws deeply on his own clinical experience as well as on the works of Shakespeare and Freud, of D. W. Winnicott and William James, to suggest that frustration, not getting it, and and getting away with it are all chapters in our unlived lives—and may be essential to the one fully lived.

Drogen

Author: Johann Hari
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104035680
Release Date: 2015-11-26
Genre: Fiction

»Hari vereint präzise Recherche mit einer zutiefst menschlichen Erzählung. Dieses Buch wird eine dringend notwendige Debatte auslösen.« Glenn Greenwald Der Krieg gegen die Drogen gilt inzwischen als gescheitert, der Handel mit Drogen ist ein blühendes Geschäft, alle Maßnahmen gegen den Konsum sind weitgehend erfolglos. Woran liegt das? Der britische Journalist Johann Hari begibt sich auf eine einzigartige Reise – von Brooklyn über Mexiko bis nach Deutschland – und erzählt die Geschichten derjenigen, deren Leben vom immerwährenden Kampf gegen Drogen geprägt ist: von Dealern, Süchtigen, Kartellmitgliedern, den Verlierern und Profiteuren. Mit seiner grandiosen literarischen Reportage schreibt Hari sowohl eine Geschichte des Krieges gegen Drogen als auch ein mitreißendes und streitbares Plädoyer zum Umdenken. »Hervorragender Journalismus, packend erzählt.« Naomi Klein »Phantastisch!« Noam Chomsky

Heute w r ich mir lieber nicht begegnet

Author: Herta Müller
Publisher:
ISBN: 3596188229
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Communism

During the dictatorship of Nicole Ceaucescu in Romania, a young woman is riding a streetcar on her way to a hearing. For the first time in making this frequent trip, she has gathered together various items, such as a washrag, toothpaste, and a toothbrush.

In Praise of Education

Author: John I. Goodlad
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 0807736201
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Education

What is the nature and role of education in a democracy? In this thought-provoking and eloquent volume by the author of "A Place Called School", John Goodlad speaks to everyone faced with making critical choices for our nation's children, whether it be in the election area, our local schools, or within the personal setting of the family.

In Praise of Barbarians

Author: Mike Davis
Publisher: Haymarket Books
ISBN: 9781608460014
Release Date: 2007-08-01
Genre: History

The author of City of Quartz and Planet of Slums attacks the current fashion for empires and white men’s burdens in this blistering collection of radical essays. He skewers contemporary idols such as Mel Gibson, Niall Ferguson, and Howard Dean; unlocks some secret doors in the Pentagon and the California prison system; visits Star Wars in the Arctic and vigilantes on the border; predicts ethnic cleansing in New Orleans more than a year before Katrina; recalls the anarchist avengers of the 1890s and “teeny-bopper” riots on the Sunset Strip in the 1960s; discusses the moral bankruptcy of the Democrats in Kansas and West Virginia; remembers “Private Ivan,” who defeated fascism; and looks at the future of capitalism from the top of Hubbert’s Peak. No writer in the United States today brings together analysis and history as comprehensively and elegantly as Mike Davis. In these contemporary, interventionist essays, Davis goes beyond critique to offer real solutions and concrete possibilities for change. Mike Davis is the author many books, including City of Quartz, The Ecology of Fear, The Monster at Our Door, and Planet of Slums. Davis teaches in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine, and lives in San Diego.