Pdf ebook: The Book of Mistakes

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Summary: Zoom meets Beautiful Oops! in this memorable picture book debut about the creative process, and the way in which "mistakes" can blossom into inspiration On

  • Author : N.a
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 073522983X
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 56
  • Language: English
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Description: Zoom meets Beautiful Oops! in this memorable picture book debut about the creative process, and the way in which "mistakes" can blossom into inspiration One eye was bigger than the other. That was a mistake. The weird frog-cat-cow thing? It made an excellent bush. And the inky smudges… they look as if they were always meant to be leaves floating gently across the sky. As one artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in quirky and unexpected ways, taking readers on a journey through her process. Told in minimal, playful text, this story shows readers that even the biggest “mistakes” can be the source of the brightest ideas—and that, at the end of the day, we are all works in progress, too. Fans of Peter Reynolds’s Ish and Patrick McDonnell’s A Perfectly Messed-Up Story will love the funny, poignant, completely unique storytelling of The Book of Mistakes. And, like Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, it makes the perfect graduation gift, encouraging readers to have a positive outlook as they learn to face life’s obstacles.


Pdf ebook: The Book of Mistakes

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Summary: Have you ever wondered why some people seem to catch all the breaks and win over and over again? What do the super successful know? What is standing betwee

  • Author : Skip Prichard
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • ISBN: 1478970936
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Number of Pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Views: 829
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Description: Have you ever wondered why some people seem to catch all the breaks and win over and over again? What do the super successful know? What is standing between you and your wildest dreams? The Book of Mistakes will take you on an inspiring journey, following an ancient manuscript with powerful lessons that will transform your life. You'll meet David, a young man who with each passing day is more disheartened and stressed. Despite a decent job, apartment, and friends, he just feels hollow . . . until one day he meets a mysterious young woman and everything starts to change. In this self-help tale wrapped in fiction, you'll learn the nine mistakes that prevent many from achieving their goals. You'll learn how to overcome these hurdles and reinvent your life. This success parable is packed with wisdom that will help you discover and follow your personal purpose, push beyond your perceived capabilities, and achieve more than you ever dreamed possible. You'll find yourself returning again and again to a deceptively simple story that teaches actionable insights and enduring truths.


Pdf ebook: Smudge and the Book of Mistakes

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Summary: The monastery of St. Ambrose is situated on the Irish island of Morcarrick. Here, monks old and young live quiet lives spent in prayer and service. One day

  • Author : Gloria Whelan
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • ISBN: 1627530991
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 48
  • Language: English
  • Views: 991
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Description: The monastery of St. Ambrose is situated on the Irish island of Morcarrick. Here, monks old and young live quiet lives spent in prayer and service. One day the Abbot decides that Brother Bede, their finest illuminator of manuscripts, will illustrate the Christmas story. It will be magnificent, praised throughout the world (as will St. Ambrose). Unfortunately, young Brother Cuthbert has been chosen to assist Brother Bede in this project. Cuthbert is impatient, lacks discipline, and even worse--is known for making mistakes. His nickname is "Smudge." How can someone so ill-suited assist in the creation of the greatest book of all? Award-winning author Gloria Whelan shows that sometimes, when given the right task, someone's greatest weakness can prove to be his greatest strength.


Pdf ebook: A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

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Summary: In this interactive and engaging read-aloud, bestselling author and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell creates a funny, engaging, and almost perfect st

  • Author : Patrick McDonnell
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN: 0316257656
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 40
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1186
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Description: In this interactive and engaging read-aloud, bestselling author and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell creates a funny, engaging, and almost perfect story about embracing life's messes. Little Louie's story keeps getting messed up, and he's not happy about it! What's the point of telling his tale if he can't tell it perfectly? But when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realizes that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one--imperfections and all.


Pdf ebook: It's Okay to Make Mistakes

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Summary: In a tradition of Todd Parr's fan-favorite It's Okay to Be Different a book about embracing mistakes and the joy of happy accidents. Todd Parr's bestsellin

  • Author : N.a
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN: 0316406325
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 32
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1491
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Description: In a tradition of Todd Parr's fan-favorite It's Okay to Be Different a book about embracing mistakes and the joy of happy accidents. Todd Parr's bestselling books have reminded kids to embrace differences, to be thankful, to love one another, and to be themselves. It's Okay to Make Mistakes embraces life's happy accidents, the mistakes and mess-ups that can lead to self discovery. Todd Parr brings a timely theme to life with his signature bold, kid-friendly illustrations and a passion for making readers feel good about themselves, encouraging them to try new things, experiment, and dare to explore new paths. From coloring outside the lines and creating a unique piece of art to forgetting an umbrella but making a new friend, each page offers a kid-friendly take on the importance of taking chances, trying new things, and embracing life, mistakes and all.


Pdf ebook: The Tree in Me

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Summary: A stunning and sensitive portrait of the strength within each of us and the nourishment we receive from the natural world, by the New York Times bestsellin

  • Author : Corinna Luyken
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0593112601
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 56
  • Language: English
  • Views: 490
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Description: A stunning and sensitive portrait of the strength within each of us and the nourishment we receive from the natural world, by the New York Times bestselling creator of the acclaimed My Heart and The Book of Mistakes Through poetic text and exquisite illustrations of children reveling in nature, this picture book explores the various ways we as human beings are strong, creative, and connected to others. Each of us is like a tree, with roots and fruit, and an enduring link to everything else in nature. "The tree in me is strong. It bends in the wind, and has roots that go deep . . . to where other roots reach up toward their own trunk-branch-crown and sky." As Corinna Luyken did in her award-winning My Heart, she again provides an invigorating conversation-starter that contains a world of truths--about self-esteem, community, and living a meaningful life. Awards and Accolades for My Heart New York Times Best Seller PNBA Book Award Winner Indie Next List Pick (Top 10) Nerdies Best Picture Books of the Year Book Page Best of the Year Brain Pickings Best Books of the Year * "This must-buy for librarians and teachers has myriad educational uses; it begs to be read aloud, and it is a masterful blending of text and illustration." —School Library Journal, starred review * "Soothing, simple phrasing and masterful printmaking harness metaphors to make a heart's complexity accessible to children . . . Sensitive, stunning words and pictures speak directly to young hearts." —Kirkus, starred review Awards and Accolades for Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse Indie Next List Pick Book Page Best of the Year Awards and Accolades for The Book of Mistakes New York Public Library Best Books of the Year NPR Best of the Year PNBA Book Award Winner Nerdies Best Picture Books of the Year Boston Globe Best of the Year * "This will lead kids to see their own so-called mistakes in a new, more positive light." —Booklist, starred review * "The idea of setbacks being opportunities in disguise is no stranger to picture book pages, but rarely has it been illuminated with such style, imagination, and compassion." —Publishers Weekly, starred review


Pdf ebook: My Heart

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Summary: From the author-illustrator of The Book of Mistakes comes a gorgeous picture book about caring for your own heart and living with kindness and empathy. My

  • Author : Corinna Luyken
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0525552545
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 32
  • Language: English
  • Views: 371
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Description: From the author-illustrator of The Book of Mistakes comes a gorgeous picture book about caring for your own heart and living with kindness and empathy. My heart is a window. My heart is a slide. My heart can be closed...or opened up wide. Some days your heart is a puddle or a fence to keep the world out. But some days it is wide open to the love that surrounds you. With lyrical text and breathtaking art, My Heart empowers all readers to listen to the guide within in this ode to love and self-acceptance.


Pdf ebook: Jamie Is Jamie

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Summary: When free-spirited Jamie arrives at a new preschool, all the kids learn that it’s okay to play whatever you want. There are so many fun things to play wi

  • Author : Afsaneh Moradian
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
  • ISBN: 1631982915
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 32
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1191
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Description: When free-spirited Jamie arrives at a new preschool, all the kids learn that it’s okay to play whatever you want. There are so many fun things to play with at Jamie’s new preschool— baby dolls to care for, toy cars to drive—and Jamie wants to play with them all! But the other children are confused . . . is Jamie a boy or a girl? Some toys are just for girls and others are just for boys, aren’t they? Not according to Jamie! This bookchallenges gender stereotypes, shows readers that playing is fundamental to learning, and reinforces the idea that all chil­dren need the freedom to play unencumbered. A special section for teachers, parents, and care­givers provides tips on how to make children’s playtime learning time.


Pdf ebook: Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me) Third Edition

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Summary: A NEW EDITION UPDATED IN 2020 • Why is it so hard to say "I made a mistake" — and really believe it? When we make mistakes, cling to outdated attitudes

  • Author : Carol Tavris,Elliot Aronson
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0547416032
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Number of Pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1102
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Description: A NEW EDITION UPDATED IN 2020 • Why is it so hard to say "I made a mistake" — and really believe it? When we make mistakes, cling to outdated attitudes, or mistreat other people, we must calm the cognitive dissonance that jars our feelings of self-worth. And so, unconsciously, we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right—a belief that often keeps us on a course that is dumb, immoral, and wrong. Backed by decades of research, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-justification—how it works, the damage it can cause, and how we can overcome it. Extensively updated, this third edition has many recent and revealing examples, including the application of dissonance theory to divisive social issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement and he said/she said claims. It also features a new chapter that illuminates how cognitive dissonance is playing a role in the currently polarized political scene, changing the nation’s values and putting democracy itself at risk. “Every page sparkles with sharp insight and keen observation. Mistakes were made—but not in this book!” —Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness “A revelatory study of how lovers, lawyers, doctors, politicians—and all of us—pull the wool over our own eyes . . . Reading it, we recognize the behavior of our leaders, our loved ones, and—if we’re honest—ourselves, and some of the more perplexing mysteries of human nature begin to seem a little clearer.” —Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine


Pdf ebook: Max and Bird

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Summary: Meet Max - the mighty kitten and New York Times bestseller. When Max meets Bird, Max thinks he'd like to be friends with Bird. He would also like to chase

  • Author : Ed Vere
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141368322
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 32
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1905
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Description: Meet Max - the mighty kitten and New York Times bestseller. When Max meets Bird, Max thinks he'd like to be friends with Bird. He would also like to chase Bird and maybe eat him as a tasty snack. But that's not what friendship is all about . . . Is it?


Pdf ebook: Zach Makes Mistakes

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Summary: For Zach, a class field trip to the museum is about more than cool exhibits—it’s about learning from mistakes and dealing with embarrassment. First he

  • Author : William Mulcahy
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
  • ISBN: 1631981110
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 32
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1320
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Description: For Zach, a class field trip to the museum is about more than cool exhibits—it’s about learning from mistakes and dealing with embarrassment. First he forgets to wear his field trip shirt, then he forgets the rule about not touching displays. His teacher helps him see that everyone makes mistakes—and how to use them to grow. Using an easy-to- remember tool, the Key to Mistakes, she shows Zach and readers a simple three-step process: Detect (find the reason for the mistake), Correct (fix the mistake if you can), and Reflect (think back about your mistake to find what you can learn from it). Backmatter includes a short note to help teachers, parents, counselors, and other adults reinforce the books’ messages and practice the skills with their kids. Zach Rules Series Zach struggles with social issues like getting along, handling frustrations, making mistakes, and other everyday problems typical of young kids. Each book in the Zach Rules series presents a single, simple storyline involving one such problem. As each story develops, Zach and readers learn straightforward tools for coping with their struggles and building stronger relationships now and in the future.


Pdf ebook: Weird Little Robots

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Summary: When two science-savvy girls create an entire robot world, they don’t expect the robots to come alive. But life may be a bit more magical than they thoug

  • Author : Carolyn Crimi
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • ISBN: 1536206822
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Views: 339
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Description: When two science-savvy girls create an entire robot world, they don’t expect the robots to come alive. But life may be a bit more magical than they thought. Eleven-year-old Penny Rose has just moved to a new town, and so far the robots she builds herself are her only company. But with just a bit of magic, everything changes: she becomes best friends with Lark, has the chance to join a secret science club, and discovers that her robots are alive. Penny Rose hardly remembers how lonely she used to feel. But then a fateful misstep forces her to choose between the best friend she’s always hoped for and the club she’s always dreamed of, and in the end it may be her beloved little robots that pay the price. Quirky and wonderful, this illustrated chapter book from Carolyn Crimi and Corinna Luyken shows that making your own space and a true friend in the world is a kind of magic all its own.


Pdf ebook: Big Mistakes

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Summary: A Must-Read for Any Investor Looking to Maximize Their Chances of Success Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments explores the ways in

  • Author : Michael Batnick
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1119366410
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Number of Pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Views: 354
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Description: A Must-Read for Any Investor Looking to Maximize Their Chances of Success Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments explores the ways in which the biggest names have failed, and reveals the lessons learned that shaped more successful strategies going forward. Investing can be a rollercoaster of highs and lows, and the investors detailed here show just how low it can go; stories from Warren Buffet, Bill Ackman, Chris Sacca, Jack Bogle, Mark Twain, John Maynard Keynes, and many more illustrate the simple but overlooked concept that investing is really hard, whether you're managing a few thousand dollars or a few billion, failures and losses are part of the game. Much more than just anecdotal diversion, these stories set the basis for the book's critical focus: learning from mistakes. These investors all recovered from their missteps, and moved forward armed with a wealth of knowledge than can only come from experience. Lessons learned through failure carry a weight that no textbook can convey, and in the case of these legendary investors, informed a set of skills and strategy that propelled them to the top. Research-heavy and grounded in realism, this book is a must-read for any investor looking to maximize their chances of success. Learn the most common ways even successful investors fail Learn from the mistakes of the greats to avoid losing ground Anticipate challenges and obstacles, and develop an advance plan Exercise caution when warranted, and only take the smart risks While learning from your mistakes is always a valuable experience, learning from the mistakes of others gives you the benefit of wisdom without the consequences of experience. Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments provides an incomparable, invaluable resource for investors of all stripes.


Pdf ebook: Mindset Matters

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Summary: Amelia's an up-for-any-adventure second-grader who's eager to try new things. But at the first sign of trouble, Amelia frets she's a failure. After a littl

  • Author : Bryan Smith
  • Publisher: Boys Town Press
  • ISBN: 1545744009
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 34
  • Language: English
  • Views: 786
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Description: Amelia's an up-for-any-adventure second-grader who's eager to try new things. But at the first sign of trouble, Amelia frets she's a failure. After a little self-reflection and advice from Dad, Amelia learns she needs a "gonna get it done" mindset. With her new outlook, she discovers success has many definitions and that failing doesn't make her a failure.


Pdf ebook: Mistakes That Worked

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Summary: Popsicles, potato chips, Silly Putty, Velcro, and many other familiar things have fascinating stories behind them. In fact, dozens of products and everyday

  • Author : Charlotte Foltz Jones
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN: 0399552030
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Number of Pages: 96
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1964
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Description: Popsicles, potato chips, Silly Putty, Velcro, and many other familiar things have fascinating stories behind them. In fact, dozens of products and everyday items had surprisingly haphazard beginnings. Mistakes That Worked offers forty of these unusual tales, along with hilarious cartoons and weird and amazing facts. Readers will be surprised and inspired!


Pdf ebook: Nothing In Common

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Summary: A tender and timely story of compassion and finding common ground with others, perfect for fans of I Walk With Vanessa and Thank You, Omu! Two neighbors bo

  • Author : Kate Hoefler
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0358067790
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 40
  • Language: English
  • Views: 356
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Description: A tender and timely story of compassion and finding common ground with others, perfect for fans of I Walk With Vanessa and Thank You, Omu! Two neighbors both love to watch the old man and his dog from their windows, but they never wave to each other. After all, they have nothing in common. But everything changes when they are the only ones who notice that one day is different—there is the old man, but where is the dog? In this lyrical picture book, two strangers learn about the many ways the world connects us—even if the only thing we have in common is how much we care about someone else. Filled with whimsy and warmth, Nothing In Common is a tender friendship story that reminds us to always lead with compassion.


Pdf ebook: Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse

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Summary: A classic in the making, this heartwarming story about empathy and imagination is one that families will treasure for years to come. Adrian Simcox tells an

  • Author : Marcy Campbell
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0525552782
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 32
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1241
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Description: A classic in the making, this heartwarming story about empathy and imagination is one that families will treasure for years to come. Adrian Simcox tells anyone who will listen that he has a horse--the best and most beautiful horse anywhere. But Chloe does NOT believe him. Adrian Simcox lives in a tiny house. Where would he keep a horse? He has holes in his shoes. How would he pay for a horse? The more Adrian talks about his horse, the angrier Chloe gets. But when she calls him out at school and even complains about him to her mom, Chloe doesn't get the vindication she craves. She gets something far more important. Written with tenderness and poignancy and gorgeously illustrated, this book will show readers that kindness is always rewarding, understanding is sweeter than judgment, and friendship is the best gift one can give.


Pdf ebook: Why We Make Mistakes

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Summary: We forget our passwords. We pay too much to go to the gym. We think we’d be happier if we lived in California (we wouldn’t), and we think we should sti

  • Author : Joseph T. Hallinan
  • Publisher: Crown
  • ISBN: 0767931475
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Number of Pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Views: 756
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Description: We forget our passwords. We pay too much to go to the gym. We think we’d be happier if we lived in California (we wouldn’t), and we think we should stick with our first answer on tests (we shouldn’t). Why do we make mistakes? And could we do a little better? We human beings have design flaws. Our eyes play tricks on us, our stories change in the retelling, and most of us are fairly sure we’re way above average. In Why We Make Mistakes, journalist Joseph T. Hallinan sets out to explore the captivating science of human error—how we think, see, remember, and forget, and how this sets us up for wholly irresistible mistakes. In his quest to understand our imperfections, Hallinan delves into psychology, neuroscience, and economics, with forays into aviation, consumer behavior, geography, football, stock picking, and more. He discovers that some of the same qualities that make us efficient also make us error prone. We learn to move rapidly through the world, quickly recognizing patterns—but overlooking details. Which is why thirteen-year-old boys discover errors that NASA scientists miss—and why you can’t find the beer in your refrigerator. Why We Make Mistakes is enlivened by real-life stories—of weathermen whose predictions are uncannily accurate and a witness who sent an innocent man to jail—and offers valuable advice, such as how to remember where you’ve hidden something important. You’ll learn why multitasking is a bad idea, why men make errors women don’t, and why most people think San Diego is west of Reno (it’s not). Why We Make Mistakes will open your eyes to the reasons behind your mistakes—and have you vowing to do better the next time.


Pdf ebook: Mistakes I Made at Work

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Summary: High-achieving women share their worst mistakes at work—and how learning from them paved the way to success. Named by Fast Company as a "Top 10 Book You

  • Author : Jessica Bacal
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101632011
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Number of Pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1049
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Description: High-achieving women share their worst mistakes at work—and how learning from them paved the way to success. Named by Fast Company as a "Top 10 Book You Need to Read This Year" In Mistakes I Made at Work, a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Business Book for Spring 2014, Jessica Bacal interviews twenty-five successful women about their toughest on-the-job moments. These innovators across a variety of fields – from the arts to finance to tech – reveal that they’re more thoughtful, purposeful and assertive as leaders because they learned from their mistakes, not because they never made any. Interviewees include: Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild Anna Holmes, founding editor of Jezebel.com Kim Gordon, founding member of the band Sonic Youth Joanna Barsch, Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company Carol Dweck, Stanford psychology professor Ruth Ozeki, New York Times bestselling author of Tale for the Time Being And many more For readers of Lean In and #Girlboss, Mistakes I Made for Work is ideal for millenials just starting their careers, for women seeking to advance at work, or for anyone grappling with issues of perfectionism, and features fascinating and surprising anecdotes, as well as tips for readers.


Pdf ebook: Mistakes to Run With

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Summary: A NATIONAL BESTSELLER A devastatingly frank memoir that tears open the past to examine how circumstances--and the choices we make--dictate the people we be

  • Author : Yasuko Thanh
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0735234426
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1698
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Description: A NATIONAL BESTSELLER A devastatingly frank memoir that tears open the past to examine how circumstances--and the choices we make--dictate the people we become, for fans of Educated and The Glass Castle. Mistakes to Run With chronicles the turbulent life of Yasuko Thanh, from early childhood in the closest thing Victoria, BC, has to a slum to teen years as a sex worker and, finally, to her emergence as an award-winning author. As a child, Thanh embraced evangelical religion, only to rebel against it and her equally rigid parents, cutting herself, smoking, and shoplifting. At fifteen, the honour-roll runaway develops a taste for drugs and alcohol. After a stint in jail at sixteen, feeling utterly abandoned by her family, school, and society, Thanh meets the man who would become her pimp and falls in love. The next chapter of her life takes Thanh to the streets of Vancouver, where she endures beatings, arrests, crack cocaine, and an unwanted pregnancy. The act of writing ultimately becomes a solace from her suffering. Leaving the sex trade, but refusing to settle on any one thing, Thanh forges a new life for herself, from dealing drugs in four languages to motherhood and a complicated marriage, and emerges as a successful writer. But even as publication and awards bolster her, she remains haunted by her past.