Mistakes = Success!

Mistakes in Business coverHow to Make A 1,000 Mistakes in Business and Still Succeed

Submitter: This title came from a large community college library in Texas. It was weeded only this month (April 2013). As for proof of its awfulness, I think the scans mostly speak for themselves, but I would like to draw your attention to A) the grammatical error in the title itself (as well as the cataloger’s reaction), B) the use of the same awful illustration not once, but twice, and C) the outdated and poorly-written advice itself. I can’t believe we kept this on the shelf for 23 years and that it was actually checked out several times!

Holly: “A 1,000 Mistakes”? How did that get past the publisher?  Oh, wait, it was published by “Wright Track.” In other words, he was his own publisher.  (And Editor, too, apparently.)

Business mistakes back cover

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Working Capital

Marketing Focus



  1. I think “1,000” is meant to be read as just “thousand.” Maybe that was a legitimate use back then?

  2. The mistake in the title is obviously deliberate. It’s a play on words given the subject of the book is about mistakes.

  3. I agree with Scott. I didn’t even register the A at first. Then I read it again and looked at it and realized what you meant. I guess the writer didn’t notice that the abbreviation (1,000 instead of thousand) made it comical.

  4. Grammar error or not, business advice goes out of date. 23 years is enough to make this discard worthy. Heck it wont have ANYTHING about new ways of doing business like Ebaying and will include some advice that is probably wasteful or actually harmful. Crappy clipart too.

  5. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who balks at “a 1000”. I wonder if Mr. Wright still succeeded, or if that was the 1001st mistake.

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