Forbes Great Success Stories: Twelve Tales of Victory Wrested from Defeat

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Behind every success story worth telling there's a determined hero who overcame setbacks, disappointments, and even failures before emerging victorious-and rich. The remarkable stories in this book prove that success can be sweeter the second time around. The twelve extraordinary men and women you will meet had already achieved overwhelming success, only to be brought low by utter calamity-bankruptcy, disaster, illness, racial prejudice, even jail. To survive this kind of catastrophe is an achievement in itself, and each of these indomitable spirits not only survived, but also came back to triumph again.

You'll meet Ruth Handler, cofounder of Mattel and creator of Barbie, who, after designing the most popular doll in history, lost her company to corporate infighting and her self-confidence to breast cancer. She battled back by starting a new company to manufacture breast prostheses. You'll come to admire the New England mill owner who led his company to immense prosperity while all of the businesses around him were dying and then had to rise from the ashes of calamity when his business was destroyed by fire.

This cast of incredible characters includes poor kids who made good and rich kids who got richer; famous names and people you've never heard of; the CEO of Oracle, the founder of Domino's Pizza, and more; and some who were victims of fate or malice and others who sowed the seeds of their own destruction. All share a passion for achievement, a dedication to their goals, and a fierce determination to succeed against all odds.

These entertaining and enlightening Great Success Stories go beyond mere "secrets of success" to reveal the remarkable strength of character and will that enabled these heroes to struggle back to the top and, in many cases, to become deeper, stronger, more caring people in the process. They offer inspiration to anyone who is struggling to realize a dream, overcome adversity, or achieve a seemingly unreachable goal.

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Success is even sweeter the second time around

In this inspiring book you will meet twelve extraordinary people—from a software tycoon to the founder of a toy empire—who soared to the top of the business world only to plummet like Icarus from the heights—at which point their real stories, excitingly told in this book, begin. What follows in each case is a remarkable, true tale of despair overcome, confidence reborn, goals redefined, determination rediscovered, and success reclaimed!

Never deterred by minor setbacks, disappointments, or missed opportunities, these business giants face utter ruin in a bewildering variety of forms, from personal bankruptcy and business failure to devastating illness, natural disaster, and even criminal indictment and incarceration. Yet, each of these modern-day heroes, through forever changed, scarred, and humbled by tragedy, discovered an unfathomable reserve of strength and dedication and rose again.

Prepare to redefine your notion of what it means to overcome any obstacle in your path to success. Prepare to meet twelve men and women—including Donald Trump, Larry Ellison, and Emma Chapell—who will awe you with their courage, inspire you with their vision, and help you find the strength and passion to make your own dreams come true, again and again. 

About the Author:

ALAN FARNHAM, a former reporter for Fortune magazine, now writes for Forbes and other business periodicals. He assisted Robert Lutz, former President and Vice Chairman of Chrysler, in writing Lutz's own management book, Guts, also from Wiley.

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