How to Hit a Curveball
Confront and Overcome the Unexpected in Business
Portfolio, April 2010
“None of us knows what the future holds. But once you’ve learned how to confront and overcome the unexpected, this lack of knowledge will cease to make you anxious. Tomorrow will no longer be something to fear. And believe me, that’s a great feeling”
As a professional, you want to be ready for anything. You’ll spend hours, days, even years, perfecting your technique, studying the competition and stepping up to challenges in order to make yourself an all-star.
But at some point in your life, regardless of what you do or how far up the ladder you’ve climbed, you will be thrown a curveball-an unexpected challenge that comes at you quickly and without warning. The kind that forces you to rethink, well, everything.
Whether it’s the loss of a job, a newly assigned responsibility at work, or a global recession that threatens your entire company or industry, an unanticipated change can knock even the most experienced among us off guard. So if you want to succeed in business-and in life-it’s not enough to be the smartest in the room or even the hardest working; you have to be a great curveball hitter.
Investment banker Scott R. Singer learned this lesson the hard way. But after a series of career challenges and personal setbacks, he started to develop a new approach to dealing with unforeseen problems by adopting a new attitude toward life. He realized that curveballs are a part of the game and the greatest players know how to knock them out of the park.
This fun yet practical book is full of valuable advice and anecdotes that can help anyone avoid striking out at work (or at home) and maybe even turn those surprising challenges into tremendous opportunities.
“Everyone in business, from executives in the boardroom to those on the sales floor, needs courage to face our challenging times. Knowing how to hit a curveball is one of the most valuable skills for succeeding in this environment.”
– Ken Langone, founder, chairman and CEO of Invemed Associates; co-founder of Home Depot
“In this chaotic business world, the ability to hit a curveball is what separates the winners from the losers, and Scott Singer knows the game as well as anybody out there.”
-Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation