FAIL UP: 20 Lessons On Building Success From Failure
By Tavis Smiley
USA $19.95 • CAN $20.95 • UK £10.99
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
— Samuel Beckett
Failure. It's something we hear a lot about these days. From governments to Wall Street, from television stars to job reports, the possibility and consequences of failure appear to be all around us, becoming part of our everyday lives.
But as award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author Tavis Smiley reminds us in his new book, FAIL UP: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure, failure is often the first step in a truly great success story. Reflecting on his 20-year anniversary in broadcasting, Smiley shows us—through stories and reflections on his own life—how opportunity is often hiding just beneath the surface of disappointment, despair, or disgrace.
Revisiting the intimate tone of his New York Times best-selling memoir What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America,Smileyrecounts 20 instances of perceived failures that were, in fact, unforgettable lessons. He teaches through powerful, personal and, at times, painful examples pulled from his and other famous fail-uppers’ own stories. You will find a kinship in Smiley’s humanness that inspires and informs. Using today’s headlines and the profound truths he’s gained through the years, Smiley illuminates how the inevitable setbacks in both our private and professional lives can become possibilities for growth.
At a time when much of the conversation is focused on what's wrong, FAIL UP helps us remember what’s right. As human beings, we cannot help but fail; it is how we choose to respond to failure that determines what sort of people we will become. Every day that you wake up, you get another chance to get it right, to bounce back from failures big and small—to failup.
Samuel Beckett’s refrain, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” has become Tavis’s personal touchstone. FAIL UP will ensure it becomes one of yours.