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The X Factor: A Quest for Excellence

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George Plimpton is embarrassed. The noted amateur of odd sporting experience has lost one horseshoe match to George Bush, a match that was as much a test of wills as of skills. Now Bush has invited him back for a rematch. How to avoid humiliation the second time? What is that quality - we'll call it the X Factor - that all winners, from famous athletes to successful CEOs, ...more
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1990)
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David Stanley
Sep 11, 2014 David Stanley rated it did not like it
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George Plimpton is one of my favorite writers. What he did throughout his career; the Paris Review, all his great participatory sports books, his conservation work and writings in Africa - he's a true favorite. But don't bother to read this book. Everything that makes Plimpton's work ring true - the humility and curiosity and exceptional prose - is absent from "X Factor."
You want to learn what makes exceptional people exceptional - check out Josh Waitzkin's "The Art of Learning" or Sakyong Miph
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I can't say that I learned anything from this book that I can apply to my own life but I did enjoy reading it.
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George Ames Plimpton was an American journalist, writer, editor, actor, and gamesman. He is widely known for his sports writing and for helping to found The Paris Review.

He was the grandson of George A. Plimpton.
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