Better By Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong

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Penguin, Mar 17, 2011 - Business & Economics - 304 pages

New York Times columnist Alina Tugend delivers an eye-opening big idea: Embracing mistakes can make us smarter, healthier, and happier in every facet of our lives.

In this persuasive book, journalist Alina Tugend examines the delicate tension between what we’re told—we must make mistakes in order to learn—and the reality—we often get punished for them. She shows us that mistakes are everywhere, and when we acknowledge and identify them correctly, we can improve not only ourselves, but our families, our work, and the world around us as well. Bold and dynamic, insightful and provocative, Better by Mistake turns our cultural wisdom on its head to illustrate the downside of striving for perfection and the rewards of acknowledging and accepting mistakes and embracing the imperfection in all of us.

 

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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

Very light, but very educational and interesting, reading. Of particular fascination were the medicine and airline chapters, both concepts which I've read full books about. Very nice research was done, and loose ends tied up. Quite a solid book. Read full review

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

Perfectly acceptable popular psychology - a little fluffy, with some useful advice and no really glaringly obvious falsehoods or misinterpretations. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 2 IT STARTS EARLY
CHAPTER 3 FAIL OFTEN FAST AND CHEAP
CHAPTER 4 ITS NOT BRAIN SURGERY BUT WHAT IF IT IS?
CHAPTER 5 LESSONS FROM THE COCKPIT
CHAPTER 6 BLAMING YOU BLAMING ME
CHAPTER 7 YOU SAY MISTAKE I SAY LESSON
CHAPTER 8 I WANT TO APOLOGIZE
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Alina Tugend writes the the award-winning biweekly column “ShortCuts” for the New York Times, and a parenting column for Worth magazine. She was born and raised in Southern California and spent seven years in London before moving to Larchmont, New York, with her husband and two sons.

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