In Better by Mistake, Alina Tugend offers an entertaining approach on how understanding our mistakes and embracing our imperfections can lead us to a better. Read “Better By Mistake The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong” by Alina Tugend with Rakuten Kobo. New York Times columnist Alina Tugend delivers an . Learn more about the book, Better By Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Seasoned journalist and author Alina Tugend writes about this inherent.

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If you’d like to learn more about leveraging your mistakes into improvements — which hopefully, most of us would — Better By Mistake is an excellent step toward that end. However, some of the sections can read like common sense or truisms.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that the mistakes themselves are good, but their aftermath—tracing back why we made them and what we learned from them—can be very helpful in avoiding mistakes in the future. Apr 03, Pages. Anyone will tell you that we should learn from our mistakes but there are very few placed where we are encouraged to make them. Retrieved on December 31,from https: We also know that in developing systems to avoid errors, observation and feedback is crucial.

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Better By Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong

Apr 20, Barbara Lovejoy rated it it was amazing. How different that is from being in the tunnel, where we have to make split-second decisions, perhaps based on faulty data and unclear directions, often while we are stressed or scared. While this book might be categorized as self-help, I found it to be more than that and thought provoking as well.

Berkeley and after graduation moved to the East Coast to pursue journalism.

I even sampled the first chapter on my kindle and was still interested. It might just be a blunder that messes up your workday or causes your spouse to get mad at you or ruins that great cashmere tugehd you got on sale hypothetically speaking, of course. When his speech writer approached the new president about the dramatic decrease he had alia just four years earlier, Roosevelt famously said: Better By Mistake provides an interesting glimpse into mostake art of the mistake from a cultural, sociological, and gender perspective.

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Want to Read saving…. One overarching theme is the value of clear communication. The best info came from the sections on Carol Dweck and mindset which I was a bit familiar with.

No, cancel Yes, qlina it Thanks! There were many interesting anecdotes and studies but I came away with less than I had hoped for my personal situation.

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Chapter 7 examines how different cultures view mistakes, namely looking at the differences between North American and Asian countries. The author 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. Sep 15, Kater Cheek rated it liked it.

There was a great deal of research that was pulled into the book, but it was done in a cumbersome way that, at least for me, detracted from the book rather than addin I had high hopes for this book, and was generally disappointed, The message is great and I agree with it–we need to admit and learn from our mistakes rather than hide them. Whereas, kids who are told they are smart want to continue to be seen as smart, so they take fewer risks and are more likely to cover up their mista New York Times columnist Alina Tugend weaves together lessons learned through research on mistakes.

The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong

We all make too many assumptions about how we and others act based on what we want to be true, not necessarily on what is true. It gave me a whole new perspective on the addage I’ve been aljna all my life. It Starts Early—How our children learn from blunders Chapter 3: Intellectually we know that making a mistake gives us the opportunity to learn and grow. Embracing mistakes can make us smarter, healthier, and happier in every facet of our lives.


Reads like an article a journalist spun out into a book–because that’s what it is.

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Special Needs and Services. People especially in the higher ranks of institutions or organizations should have a look at this book. For instance, in the chapter on apologizing and accepting accountability, Tugend tubend an anecdote about Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

So glad Tuend found this mistame, as much of it addresses why we’d rather appear as though we make no mistakes, than as someone betteg learns from them. The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrongexamines why this is so necessary – and so difficult. Her point is valid and important, mistakes are valuable potential learning experiences, and if we get into mistake denial mode we have lost that potential experience.

That is why I recommend this book. Maybe a point in need of reinforcing, but it was a tedious journey to get there. Sep 22, Kathleen Rainwater rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had hoped for more. Oct 22, Deb rated it it was amazing. To read all of the posts in the series and learn more about the tuegnd, click here.

In this persuasive 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. The title should be at least 4 characters long. It’s the Mission, Not the Mandates. On the other hand, the fact that it still managed to get me to read to the end is a testament to Turgend’s writing abilities. But just because we’re hardwired one way doesn’t mean we can’t, through a willingness to listen and understand, shift our perceptions.