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X Factor: A Quest for Excellence

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  3 reviews
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
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
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.
T. Wicked
A good analysis of what makes some people tick, why they are just special and above the rest.
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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.
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