Laws of success in business and sport: 3rd place is good too {Review}

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In business as well as in sports, today it is often about being the first and the best. What is often forgotten in the whole competitive thinking: Even a third place is still very good.

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Wolfgang Hanfstein 38Wolfgang Hanfstein is co-founder and chief editor of, the leading bookstore for executives, entrepreneurs and self-employed persons.


The laws of success from the stretch rod

A fascinating book by Fabian Hambüchen. The artistic gymnast impressively describes the ups and downs of the professional athlete. For those who believe that they have already given so much, very instructive. There's something else going on. But also for all others a captivating biography!

When I get books of athletes in hand, I immediately remembers Nassim Taleb with his black swans. In the book of the same name he describes that the cemetery is full of nameless daredevils. Thousands of miserably drowned sailors come to a Columbus. Caution is therefore required if one wants to learn from his individual success universal teachings. Especially if, like the author Fabian Hambüchen, he is only thirty.

A good combination between professional athlete and professional author

But the book surprised me positively. This is also because Kai Psotta was a first-class sports journalist at work.

Psotta has structured the life and in part suffering of the “gymnastics flea” Fabian Hambüchen in a great and exciting way. That is why the book “Dare to jump” is much more than what is often offered by “writing” athletes, much more than a moody string of anecdotes and stories.

A hollywood life story

Hambüchen, who is not yet sure which direction he wants to move in the future, has already tried as a lecturer. The fact that he opens with a success guide is therefore logical.

Indeed, his biography provides very good material to reflect on the conditions of success. His early start as a toddler in the gym, the "Familien-AG", the early successes as a teenager, the hubris after the first major international successes, the "crash" in Beijing in third place, the malice and the envy of colleagues who Crash with the father and finally the gold coronation in Rio.

Between failure and success

Hambüchen tells this in a team with Psotta so exciting that the book reads like a thriller. As a reader, we can cheer. We experience the seconds of twirling on the horizontal bar like hours. We hope to land safely after the daring turns, screws and somersaults.

Hambüchen provides open insights into his soul life, his sometimes enormous self-doubt, his tormenting sleepless nights. He also shows with which exercises his uncle and mental trainer showed him ways out of these emotional valleys.

Diligence and mental strength

Absolutely exciting, to learn in which condition the athletes move through the competitions. And fascinating to read how much discipline, diligence and mental strength it takes to reach the top in the world with a less than a minute of practice.

Fabian Hambüchen has achieved in his sport what you can achieve. He became an idol for many. To read how hard the path was and what techniques and strategies he has pursued, will help those who want to achieve something themselves - no matter in which area.

Also a third place is a good place

This works so well with this book, because Hambüchen and his co-author never pull compulsory parallels, but let the story speak for themselves. This allows readers to get to know some of the key success factors in an exciting way.

And readers can learn more. You can learn with Hambüchen that even a third place can be a good place. If at the end it is still enough for the top - all the more beautiful.

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