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The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success Paperback – 24 Feb 2015


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"Clever, surprising, fast-paced, and enlightening . . . It's okay to fail, and . . . acknowledging failure, McArdle writes in her engrossing book, is a necessary first step in learning from it."
--Forbes

"A vivid example of how leaning in to low confidence--and the real and imagined failures it can bring about--can turn you around. . . . McArdle weaves together corporate case studies of triumphs and flops, core findings of behavioral economics, and her own bad luck in losing a succession of jobs during the Great Recession. . . . To get where you want to go, McArdle sagely notes, you must first give yourself 'permission to suck.' Seeing how this epiphany earns her a freer, failure-embracing growth mindset is like watching a flower unfold."
--Elle

"McArdle combines a shrewd knowledge of economics and practical experience with a writing style that every so often segues into comedy monologue. . . . Americans fail a lot, she argues. . . . But good judgment comes from experience. And experience comes from bad judgment--from failures. The key question is how you respond, whether you learn from failure and rebound."
--The Washington Examiner

"With great wit and self-effacing prose, McArdle relates the rocky road that defined her professional life and the nearly impossible task of finding a stable job. . . . These so-called failures would later yield important lessons and eventually lead to bigger and better things--including this very thought-provoking book on why it's important to fail. . . . The Up Side of Down reminds us that, although it's a tough pill to swallow, failure is a necessary evil in reaping the rewards of success."
--New York Journal of Books

"The Up Side of Down reveals a forgotten secret to success: failure. This gracefully written, carefully researched book offers a timely and critical message. In a world that's obsessed with perfection, Megan McArdle shows that our accomplishments depend on whether we can make mistakes and learn from them."
--Adam Grant, Wharton professor and author of Give and Take

"This is a vibrant book on a vital subject. It's full of unexpected insights and is a pleasure to read."
--Tim Harford, author of Adapt and The Undercover Economist

"Megan McArdle has written the seminal book about renewal and American greatness: The Up Side of Down will teach you to embrace failure and use it to reinvent yourself and your organization."
--Tyler Cowen, author of Discover Your Inner Economist and The Great Stagnation, co-creator of the economics blog Marginal Revolution

About the Author

MEGAN MCARDLE is a columnist at Bloomberg View and appears regularly on MSNBC, Fox News, and NPR. She has been a correspondent for the Atlantic and the Economist and started one of the first business and economics blogs, Asymmetric Information. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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