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From Lemons to Lemonade: Squeeze Every Last Drop of Success Out of Your Mistakes, Safari

By Dean A. Shepherd

Published by FT Press

Published Date: Mar 3, 2009

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We all fail. And when it happens to you, someone's certain to point out that you can learn more from your failures than your successes. But learning from failure isn't automatic, or instantaneous. It requires very specific emotional and rational skills. You can learn those skills from this book. Drawing on leading-edge research with hundreds of entrepreneurs who have experienced both failure and success, From Lemons to Lemonade offers powerful strategies and practical techniques for managing the emotions generated by failure, so failure becomes less painful, learning happens faster, and you grow as much as possible from the experience. Dr. Dean Shepherd shows how to clarify why you failed, so you can walk away with insights you can actually use...helps you discover when to "pull the plug" on a failure in progress, so it won't last longer or feel even worse than necessary...shows how to eliminate secondary stresses that aggravate failure or make it more likely...helps you maintain your commitment to excellence even when you know that repeated project failure is likely...helps you master the self-compassion and self-caring you deserve in times of trouble. Let's face it: failing is never easy. But From Lemons to Lemonade will help you make it less painful and more useful and help you move from failure to success far more rapidly.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi

About the Author    xiii

Chapter 1 Managing Emotions to Learn from Failure    3

Chapter 2 Strategies to Learn More from Your Failures    13

Chapter 3 When to “Pull the Plug” to Maximize Personal Growth    49

Chapter 4 Self-Compassion to Learn from Failure     83

Chapter 5 Emotional Intelligence, Support, and Learning from Failure    119

Chapter 6 Preparing for Multiple Failures    151

Chapter 7 Reflections on “Learning from Failure”     187

Index     201