Book #11 of 52
Succeeding When You’re Supposed to Fail: The Six Enduring Principles of High Achievement written by Rom Brafman was a book was one of the books I spotted while queuing up my 2012 reading list. I found it in the Self-Help section of the Barnes & Noble.
Brafman explores why individuals who are not “supposed” to succeed manage to overcome the odds. He suggests there are several traits that enable success and shares them with the reader, making them absolutely do-able for anybody.
Brafman suggests that there are certain individuals who he refers to as “tunnelers” or people who have the capacity to succeed no matter what life throws at them. Their secret is that they’re able to rely on certain abilities that most of us take for granted. Instead of focusing on the wrongs done to them, they ask themselves what they can do to affect change in their lives.
There are lots of great examples in this book and some stories behind a few people that I never knew.
Who Should Read This Book
If you’re wrestling with a challenge in your life, you will find this book helpful. If you want to know why some people who face adversity come out stronger because of it, or why some people who succeeded but were not supposed to now live their lives differently, or how you can stay strong when everything around you tries to pull you down, read this book.
My Final Thoughts
This was an excellent book. I’m a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s books and if you like him, you’ll love this book. I’ve applied some of the lessons in some workshops I’m doing now, particularly thoughts around the “locus of control” which is something that will certainly change your attitude (assuming you have a bad one!).