is the author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful"
2008 provided an embarrassing, sometimes disastrous cascade of evidence that brilliant minds aren't always so brilliant.
One need not look further than former Federal Reserve chairman (and former economic genius) Alan Greenspan, who was "shocked" to find a flaw in his no-regulations-needed ideology. Or the Gray Lady of spoof, National Lampoon, which allegedly spoofed its stock value right into a federal securities-fraud case.
The good news is that all those mistakes, blunders and failures hold promise for the rest of us. It's been said that we should learn from the mistakes of others, since we won't live long enough to make them all ourselves.
Here's a somewhat skewed guide for making your own New Year's lemonade out of someone else's old lemons.
Sarah Palin did little for John McCain and a lot for Tina Fey.
No matter what kind of relationship you're thinking of getting into, make sure you find out everything you can about the person you're getting involved with.
In front of a packed Citizens Bank Park and countless kids watching on television, Chase Utley used a very colorful adjective to describe the Phillies' World Series championship.
Make your victory speeches before happy hour.
O.J. Simpson was sentenced to at least nine years for kidnapping and robbery.
It might pay to take a hiatus from criminal activity for half a minute. Just because you get away with murder, you won't necessarily get away with everything.
; Mark Wahlberg's
; Will Ferrell's
Two wrongs don't make a right.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Late Night with David Letterman
The Daily Show
came to be thought of as legitimate campaign stops.
If you don't want to be considered a joke, don't go on comedy shows.
Barack Obama described people in small towns as bitter, religion-clinging gun nuts. Joseph R. Biden Jr. said his running mate's election might provoke "an international crisis."
If talking while in the middle of a presidential campaign, assume everyone is listening.
Nobody knows nothin'.