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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alina Tugend Narrator: Elizabeth London Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781596597808
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A New York Times columnist delivers an eye-opening big idea: Embracing mistakes can make us smarter, healthier, and happier in every facet of our lives.

In this persuasive audio book, journalist Alina Tugend examines the delicate tension between what we're told-we must make mistakes in order to learn-and the reality-we often get punished for making mistakes, and therefore try to avoid them or cover them up. In Better by Mistake, Tugend shows that mistakes are everywhere, and suggests that when we acknowledge and identify them correctly, we can improve not only ourselves, but our families, our work, and the world around us.

Through fascinating research, Tugend reveals how trying to avoid mistakes can affect us from the earliest stages in our lives and shape us into adults who steer clear of risks and challenges. She takes us behind the scenes into cutting-edge behavioral studies; invites us into the high-stakes world of health care and aviation, where mistakes can cost lives, and delves into the art and science behind learning how to craft a sincere apology and accepting responsibility for mistakes.

Bold and dynamic, insightful and provocative, Better by Mistake turns our cultural wisdom on its head to illustrate the downside of striving for perfection, and the rewards of acknowledging mistakes and embracing the imperfection in all of us.
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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/14/2013

    " The writing in this book wasn't the most scintillating and normally I'd give it three stars, but I'm adding the extra one because I feel like I've actually learned things from it that I've been able to put to practical use - something that rarely happens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 11/28/2013

    " Y'all is haters this is good. More "Outliers" than "Blink" tho "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 david | 9/4/2013

    " a very interesting and insightful perspective on all aspects surrounding making mistakes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glenda | 3/27/2013

    " Although the title was enticing, the book relied far too heavily on the author's personal experience. The author's writing style was typical of a grocery store magazine and contributed to the impression that this was just an overly lengthy article instead of a coherent non-fiction book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 10/5/2012

    " Very light, but very educational and interesting, reading. Of particular fascination were the medicine and airline chapters, both concepts which I've read full books about. Very nice research was done, and loose ends tied up. Quite a solid book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Hardison | 9/6/2012

    " This book looked intriguing. I even sampled the first chapter on my kindle and was still interested. However, as the book progressed, it became pretty ho-hum. I had hoped for more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mushky | 3/15/2012

    " It was a good book, but the writing needed help. It did not flow smoothly and was hard to follow train of thought in connecting the different concepts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 6/27/2011

    " Y'all is haters this is good. More "Outliers" than "Blink" tho "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 3/25/2011

    " This book looked intriguing. I even sampled the first chapter on my kindle and was still interested. However, as the book progressed, it became pretty ho-hum. I had hoped for more. "

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About the Author

Alina Tugend has been a journalist for almost thirty years. She started her career at United Press International in Providence, Rhode Island, and has worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, Southern California, London, and New York. Tugend has written the biweekly ShortCuts column for the New York Times business section since 2005, and her personal finance columns received a Best in Business Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2011. She is the author of Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong and lives outside of New York City with her husband and two sons.