_ Each country views failure differently. In the United States, failure can be seen as a rite of passage accompanied with more praise than stigma (if one rises from the ashes). People that have failed in their own country can become successful and wealthy in the US, with all baggage left behind. I know of one man, who served time for fraud and is now an honored personage in the fashion industry. He stashed his illegal earnings in the Cayman Islands until he served his time. With that money, he bought a company and a place in society.
In Germany, the dictum is once a failure always a failure...unless someone is a soccer coach. This is a very restricted club, which rarely permits new entries. Sports newscasts often contain stories of a coach being hired or fired...the same names keep appearing. In one story, he is touted as the prospective savior of some team’s fortunes; in another, a previously celebrated coach is hounded out of town, when his team does not live up to expectations. At each move, these guys earn large sums (signing bonus and termination payment). After being fired, each takes a nice vacation and waits for a call that is sure to come. Memories are short in this field. In all other fields, tainted reputation means banishment and disgrace.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.