Thursday, August 26, 2004

Press Release: Have You Ever Screwed Up?


Have You Ever Screwed Up?

You're not alone!

Did you know that cheese, pacemakers, Velcro®, Ivory Soap®, chocolate chip cookies, stainless steel and Silly Putty® were all invented by accident?

Did you know that Gone with the Wind was rejected 25 times before it was published or that Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was rejected over 100 times? Both of which went on to sell millions of copies.

Or that John Murray Anderson, of the Anderson School of Drama, said “Try any other profession” to Lucille Ball!?

Or that Albert Einstein said “There is not the slightest indication that [nuclear energy] will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will”?

Well, they were and they did!

From “Oops” to “I can't go on another day!,” Great Failures of the Extremely Successful - Mistakes, Adversity, Failure and Other Steppingstones to Success (Tallfellow Press, September 2004, Hardcover and Softcover), by Steve Young, offers historical quotes and facts as well as inspirational first-hand accounts from over 60 accomplished people.

o Basketball great (and severe stutterer) Bill Walton says “I'm a better and happier person today than I ever would have been had I never gotten hurt; had I never had this nightmarish speech problem” (p.132)
o Former Texas governor Ann Richards says “Alcoholism and my additional treatment ended up becoming the most wonderful, most instructive, most important experience I've ever had in my life.” (p.142)
o Saturday Night Live's Julia Sweeney, after having and audience yell “get off the stage!,” says "...sometimes you need to first discover what you can't do before you can discover what you can." (p.171) to
o Rocker Billy Idol says “I've discovered that everything in my life that seemed to crash was a part of what pushed me forward" (p. 236)

So, don't be afraid to fail…it could be the best thing that ever happens to you!

Steve Young, who flunked out of four different colleges, is now an award-winning television writer, author, BBC's Hollywood correspondent and published pundit in the New York Times, USA Today, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, L.A. Daily News and the National Lampoon. His radio and television appearances include FOX News Channel, NBC's Today, ABC's Good Morning America, CNN and CNNfn. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Great Failures of the Extremely Successful: Mistakes, Adversity, Failure and Other Stepping Stones to Success
Steve Young
Tallfellow Press, Los Angeles
September, 2004,
ISBN: 1-931290-17-2 hardcover; $24.95, ISBN: 1-931290-19-9 trade paperback; $15.95

Claudia Sloan
Tallfellow Press
1180 So. Beverly Drive Suite 320
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 203-3837 fax (310) 203-3893


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