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The host of CBC Radio’s Under the Influence, Terry O’Reilly, uncovers the surprising power of screwing up.

The Incredible Hulk was originally supposed to be grey, but a printing glitch led to the superhero’s iconic green color. NHL hall-of-famer Serge Savard’s hockey career nearly ended prematurely, not because of an injury, but because of an oversight. And the invention of a beloved treat, the Popsicle, began with a simple mistake. 

In his fascinating and meticulously researched new book, Terry O’Reilly recounts how some of the biggest breakthroughs and best-loved products originated with a mistake. Some people’s “mistakes” led to dramatic life changes - losing their jobs, their companies, and often their credibility - only for them to discover new opportunities on the other shore. Other people’s mistakes seemed minor, almost insignificant - until they led to a famous brand, a legendary band, or a groundbreaking work of art. And in a few instances, a mistake actually saved lives. 

The fear of failing often holds us back. My Best Mistake will change how you think about screwing up and will encourage you to accept mistakes and embrace the obstacles that may arise from these errors, leading you to unexpected breakthroughs and silver linings of your own.

©2021 Terry O'Reilly (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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Fun, Informative, and Inspiring!

This is an absolutely great audiobook.
Terry O’Reilly continues with his practice of telling an engaging story that lures the listener in and suddenly the listener has learned a lesson. As a bonus some of the stories are heartwarming and most inspirational.
As a performer, he is excellent – not surprising as he has spent much of his fascinating career in radio.
At the risk of making a terrible joke based on the title, it would be a mistake not to listen to this one.

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When It's Wrong, It's Right!

Recommended.

Informative and excellent story telling narrated by a fireside voice.

A story grows it's own legend (Brian Williams - newscaster), Rob Lowe's self-deprecating redemption, Anthony Carter's trust in another human, and other stories that spin on a singular facet, and more. Each story is an inspiration in their own unique, yet broadly applicable circumstance.

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Fantastic story teller with best radio voice ever!

So many wonderful insights into history’s best “mistakes” (gifts)! Love Terry’s well researched and in depth look into the lives of some familiar names. I could listen to Terry read this book to me over and over and learn something new every time - it’s that good!

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Great Audiobook

Terry O’Reilly never disappoints me, I have enjoyed his other books and hearing him on CBC radio.