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IN COUNTLESS STUDIES, PSYCHOLOGISTS HAVE DISCOVERED A SURPRISING FACT:
For decades they assumed that people who face adversitya difficult childhood, career turbulence, sudden bouts of bad luckwill succumb to their circumstances. Yet over and over again they found a significant percentage are able to overcome their life circumstances and achieve spectacular success.
How is it that individuals who are not supposed to succeed manage to overcome the odds? Are there certain traits that such people have in common? Can the rest of us learn from their success and apply it to our own lives?
In Succeeding When Youre Supposed to Fail, Rom Brafman, psychologist and coauthor of the bestselling book Sway, set out to answer these questions. In a riveting narrative that interweaves compelling stories from education, the military, and business and a wide range of groundbreaking new research, Brafman identifies the six hidden drivers behind unlikely success. Among them:
The critical importance of the Limelight Effectour ability to redirect the focus of our lives to the result of our own efforts, as opposed to external forces
The value of a satellite in our livesthe remarkable way in which a consistent ally who accepts us unconditionally while still challenging us to be our best can make a huge difference
The power of temperamentpeople who are able to tunnel through lifes obstacles have a surprisingly mild disposition; they dont allow the bumps in the road to unsettle them
By understanding and incorporating these strat-egies in our own lives, Brafman argues, we can all be better prepared to overcome the inevitable obstacles we face, from setbacks at work to chall-enges in our personal lives.